Around this time of year everyone is planning their success in their business for 2016. I even wrote a few posts concerning that, 5 Ways to finish strong in 2015, Success as a money-making mom, leap into your success as an entrepreneur, and more, but I want to share a different perspective with you… In the bible (1 Samuel 30), there’s a story about David, He’s coming from battle, came home to find that his hometown had been destroyed by fire, His family taken, his people sons, daughters and wives were taken and all their possessions. They find out that no one was killed but was taken to be used as slaves by the enemy. The bible even shared that David was greatly distressed because his people spoke about stoning him, because of what happen (1 Samuel 30:6).
Now David next step was crucial in the victory needed to come against an army/enemy that has taken all his and his people possessions, #1-He NEED to get his family back and save them. #2-He’s a leader, people are talking about stoning him. #3- Repair his home town. David could have relied on his own strength to get his family and stuff back, He also could have relied on his experienced, David has been fighting battles FOR YEARS! In his distressed state he could have reacted based on his feelings, what was going on around him and what his people were about to do.
What I LOVE about this story is (Besides the happy ending) what comes next. The bible says that David inquired of the Lord saying: “Shall I Pursue?” Now, To me… PRAYING about whether to go after your family AND your people families and possessions seem to me like a CRAZY move… OF COURSE DAVID! GO GET YOUR FAMILY!!! Why do you need to pray about that, its simple right?! David knew where his success, in fighting battles came from, He didn’t rely on his own strength, his abilities or experience he relied on GOD. I LOVE this story, because David’s response wasn’t typical behavior, He sought after God first before moving forward. (If you want to read the whole story, Read 1 Samuel 30:1-20)
As entrepreneurs we can take a lesson from the bible, from David’s story to apply in our own lives. We can make decisions based on our own strengths, our own abilities and experiences but what outcome will it bring to our business? I’m in business, an entrepreneur not because it was a last option for me, my last name, because I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life, since coming out of the womb…NO! Actually, I didn’t grow up thinking I was EVER going to own my own business, I was working a 9 to 5 and I was ok with that, thinking I was going to die, working for someone else. God had other plans for my life. He called me to be an entrepreneur and the same is for you. You are not an entrepreneur because of your gifts, strengths or experience, It’s because God called you and the success of your business lie’s in you seeking God first (Matthew 6:33). I write and talk about this in my book; S.M.A.R.T. Goals for the Christian Entrepreneur. If you don’t know the first step, I show you how in the book.
When David prayed to God asking Shall he pursue, the Lord answered David by saying…GO! and told David that he will be successful in rescuing the captives (1 Samuel 30:8). When David went, He went with the power of God, God’s strength, knowing with confidence that, God will be with him and that he will rescue the captives, get his possessions with Help from God. In this story of pursuing after WHAT IS YOURS, is that God is getting the glory and not David. The story is the same for your life. God will get the glory and not you. The life you live is about God’s glory and not yours. Trust that God has your best in mind when it comes to your business and seek God first for the answer, don’t base your goals for 2016 on your emotions, your experiences, your strength and your abilities. Base it on what God instructed you to do. The question you can ask God in your goals in business for 2016 is… SHALL I PURSUE?