Do you ever find yourself dreaming about entrepreneurship? I have. Initially, I “knew” that getting a college degree or two would be my way into a better life. A bigger title. An additional certification. Instead, as the years passed by, I found myself still not getting the recognition nor respect that I needed and began pulling away from my nursing career. My reasons were as such: Student Loan debt felt like it was weighing me down without escape. An unfulfilled purpose loomed in my heart. Work/life balance felt to be out of whack. So many of us have various barriers that hold us back from becoming business owners, all the while feeling empty at the end of the day. The security of a paycheck can stop us from working for ourselves, and keeps us working a typical 8-5 work week. This shift can be so scary, but most often fearful. We have often heard the word ‘F.E.A.R.’ as a mnemonic only meaning
False Evidences Appearing Real. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. As we prepare to step out on faith and commence our journey, lets discuss how we can prepare for this transition, and join team #nofear.
One: Find a Prayer partner and be patient! As Proverbs 27:17 New King James Version states: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”.
A prayer partner can help keep your head up when it is low. Also, coming together at scheduled times keeps the spiritual momentum going and the vibes light. Remaining ready always and vigilant for your breakthrough as this will be the journey of your lifetime!
Two: Find your passion: in your prayers, seek The Lord’s face in what it is that he has created you to do. He has given us all special gifts and talents and we are to use them to help build the Kingdom. At the same time, he has given it to you for a reason, and he wants you and your family cared for just like the sparrow. So, trust that he has made a way for you to be provided for in this divine manner. Colossians 3:18 told you so! And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Three: Save. Budget. Tithe. We all know the cardinal law regarding the tenth or the “tithe”. Luke 6:38 tells us to “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” It is good to know that this is a positive way that we can be a witness for Christ. Others might see us in our business capacity as well as a tither, and it can help point them to Christ! Glory! We must always remember that there are others looking to us to display a Christian example in everything that we do, even in our business practices. We also receive that pressed down blessing that Luke talked about. BONUS!
This is just the beginning steps of becoming a Christian entrepreneur but a powerful one to say the least. I always like to remember that where there is a vision, there is provision! That is what brought me out of darkness and doubt and into light and faith! Keep these words of David flowing out of your mouth day in and day out. Watch our God work the works!
Psalm of David 23: 1-6. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Amen.
Michelle G. Rhodes, MHS, RN is the CEO of Michelle Rhodes Media LLC who recently started her business as a Nurse Entrepreneur. She coaches and consults with Nurses who desire to grow beyond typical bedside nursing so that they might utilize their gifts and talents for Gods’ work, a higher purpose, a broader calling.