I knew at the age of 15 what I wanted to do with my life. I always enjoyed scrapbooking, drawing, making art, and also loved being on the computer -- so combining those elements naturally led me to graphic design. Here I am, ten years later, blessed to be able to combine my passion and my skills for my career!
I'm sure you have a similar story. Maybe you've always known what you wanted to do, or maybe you're just now in this season of getting to do what you love everyday. Even when we love what we do, there are still seasons of ebb and flow in business. These can be scary, unpredictable times that test our faith and patience in God. If we're being honest, these are the seasons where we might be praying a little harder for God's provision and guidance.
But, praying for help isn't where we should stop.
I believe there's a fine line between submitting our will to Him and trusting Him, and working hard to use our skills to grow our business. We shouldn't take our business fully into our own hands -- as in everything else in life, it's His, and we are simply stewards of it. But, we can't just sit around, praying, and waiting for God to grow our business for us.
Scripture tells us that God equips us to fulfill His will for our life (Hebrews 13:21). I believe that this goes beyond just equipping us with our given skills -- design, photography, accounting, etc. Design is what I do, but there are other things that I have to do to grow my business. As business owners, we have to market ourselves, network, handle clients, and complete projects. Maybe God has equipped you to be an amazing writer who can blog and get clients that way, or maybe he's equipped you to be a great networker, and that's how you've grown your business.
Or, maybe you're feeling stuck, and overwhelmed.
If you're sitting there thinking, "I love what I do, but I struggle with the other parts of my business." -- you're not alone. And God doesn't want you to be alone. God can equip you by connecting you with other people, and help you build your own tribe. God has designed us to be in community with others, and wants us to serve others, both personally and professionally.
So, whether business is good or bad, praying and working (a.k.a. - "hustling") go hand in hand. God is not going to take the reigns and let you watch Netflix all day while money pours in, but He also doesn't want to be totally pushed out of the picture. God is your business partner. He is for you, and for your business.