I had lunch with an entrepreneur the other day that goes to church and is a part of a Bible study. He hangs out with other Christians. He drinks a cold beer every now and again but isn’t a bar hopper or a town drunk. He loves his family and doesn’t cuss (that much). But…he is perpetually worried. If he buys what God is selling why is fear consuming him? The entrepreneur’s confusion begins with his view of God.
Below are 6 different entrepreneurs and their belief of who God really is:
1. This entrepreneur grew up in the church with grandma pulling him by the ear. Then, when she parked his tail in the seat he looked up. Right above him, looking down from above, is a creepy looking stain glass picture of Jesus. He asks himself, how could a creepy Jesus ever know about profit and loss statements? This entrepreneur prefers to keep God out of his business.
2. This entrepreneur remembers the story of the flood. He remembers God was ticked off at all the people so he wanted them to drown. This entrepreneur runs scared. He doesn’t want to do anything unethical because a Zeus looking guy in the sky might get angry and mess up his business model. The little fear may seem healthy but most fathers don’t want a son to always be frightened.
3. This entrepreneur loves to hunt and fish. His muscles rip through his shirt. He has a few tattoos and has a lifetime of overcoming adversity. Jesus petting a little lamb just doesn’t motivate him. He appreciates who Jesus is but believes God is for the weaker ones who can’t get their act together. He doesn’t recognize that the strongest people in the history of the world have become dependent on this shepherd…and they were not passive about it.
4. The next small business owner feels God threw the planets together. He then made the earth float around the sun. He put a little water in the earth so man could fish. God then said “good luck” and went on vacation to the next galaxy. He does not believe God has interest in his little life. Coincidences happen, love happens, and the mystery of nature can’t convince him of God engagement.
5. This entrepreneur believes God is good and on Sunday he wakes up and goes to Church for a little God pick-me-up. He has a little Bible study, but it’s just information so he can better debate someone. He can tell you a few stories about Jesus but nothing impactful is happening in his life. Monday through Saturday is a life of business, worry, pressure, confusion, and weariness. He doesn’t pause to realize that God never intended him to live like this.
6. This small business owner is convinced he can’t run his business independent of God. When he’s fearful, he draws on God for hope. When he’s worried, he asks God for peace. When he’s confused, he asked God for clarity. He truly believes in his heart that God wants to participate in the small business dream with him. He knows God is life and he passionately wants to know Him better. He is living an abundant life.
Which one do you believe to be true?