Wow, did you get a chance to read Saturday’s post? Isn’t Betsy a treasure?
Well, today you’re in for another treat. I have another friend to introduce you to. Actually, she’s written for me before because I just love the work she does and can’t help asking her for an article every now and then! So today, settle in and learn from my friend Susan Scott. (And be sure and leave her a comment so she’ll see how awesome my readers are!)
You are gifted. You were created for a purpose and equipped with the spiritual gifts needed to fulfill that purpose. Starting your own home business is the perfect opportunity to develop a lifestyle that lets you use those gifts and be who you were created to be. But where do you begin? You’ll need to answer questions like: What is your passion? What is your “why” behind starting a business? Can this business generate the income you need?
It’s enough to make you quit before you even get started.
What if you ask a different question? Instead of asking “what do I want to do?” turn your focus to God and ask Him “What do you want to do through me and my life?” When we focus on seeking Him and finding His will, all of the other questions become easy; you do what God is calling you to do.
How do you figure out what He is calling you to do? God has given each of us spiritual gifts that operate in us. Whatever it is He wants you to do will be something that uses that gift to bless others. Descriptions of spiritual gifts can be found in 1 Corinthians 12, Roman 12 and Ephesians 4. For help understanding and identifying your spiritual gifts, there is a special page with all the information you need here: Spiritual Gift Inventory
Once you know your gifts, how do you know if a business idea aligns with your purpose?
1 – You will be able to use your spiritual gifts either in the business directly or the business will free up your time so you can use your gifts in a volunteer opportunity you are passionate about.
2 – It will require you to stretch, rely on God, and it will deepen your relationship with Him. Pursuing this business will give you greater opportunity and need to seek the Lord, not less time with Him
3 – It energizes you and sparks creativity instead of causing stress and burnout. The right business will keep you up at night thinking of new possibilities and ideas for growing the business.
4 – The idea of growing and improving the skills needed to grow the business excites you
5 – You would do it even if you didn’t get paid
6 – The personal growth that is necessary to run a successful business will also make a positive difference in your mental and physical health as well as in your relationships.
7 – God keeps sending you hints and reminders of what He is calling you to do.
8 – It allows you to be yourself, you don’t have to copy what someone else is doing in order to succeed.
9 – People have already pointed out to you that you can do something they can’t. They may have even suggested you should start a business using that skill
10 – Potential obstacles seem insignificant compared to the rewards of doing what you love
Starting and running a business will challenge and stretch you. It is not easy but there is nothing more rewarding and fulfilling. There are days when you will wonder why you ever thought a home business was a good idea. In those times, you will need the assurance you are doing the right thing for the right reasons. You will be able to move forward with confidence when you have these two things in place: God as your CEO and the certainty that you are using the gifts God put within you to fulfill the unique call He placed on your life.
Susan is an author and speaker, member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a certified personalities trainer and leadership coach. As a life and leadership counselor and as a mom, her job has always been to help others see and develop the potential within them. She is dedicated to equipping woman to uncover their unique gifts and discover how to live the life they were meant to live.
Whether you need help finding your calling, are ready to re- gifts, or just need an encouraging word, she’s here to help.
You can find Susan online at www.SusanScottOnline.com