23 Apr Entrepreneurship Vs. 9-5
Some of us are called to support existing companies, working 9-5. While others have been called to create businesses to meet a certain need. No matter what your calling is, answer God’s call in obedience, and learn to take the good with the bad. Chose obedience no matter what your journey entails. Not one road is easier than the other. It’s about saying yes to God’s good and perfect will. ~ The Teaching Wife
In August, 2016 we made the decision to take a huge leap of faith fully jumping into the life of entrepreneurship. We packed up our bags and a few months later moved to Texas.
We felt the Lord not only leading my husband to pursue his business full-time, but for me to homeschool as well. Unsure of what the future would have in store for us, or how we’d make ends meet, we made the decision to fully trust in God’s plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). We knew we’d be growing in faith as we trusted in Him to truly provide.
Not only would this affect us, we knew our children would also be impacted. They would be able to see and experience this lifestyle of faith with us, and be blessed by the time we’d be able to spend with them. And, who knows what God would have in store for them from our simple act of obedience. This decision wouldn’t just affect us and our future, but choosing to obey would affect their future as well.
Not Exactly What We Expected
Two years later and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve thought about giving up, throwing in the towel, and returning to the 9-5 scene. We, like the Israelites, often find ourselves looking back and thinking things were better when…
But were they really?
Were we any better off than we are now?
In some ways yes, and in others, no. Both come with their struggles, and both come with their perks. What keeps us going on this entrepreneur journey is the fact that we feel led to it. We feel like we’d be disobeying God if we were to give up every time hard times arise.
There’s No Growth Without Pain
God did not promise this journey would be easy, or free from disappointment and difficulty, but He does make promises to those who obey. Some times it doesn’t make sense, and we can easily feel like we are outside of His will because things aren’t working out. But when we seek His face, and chase after Him more than the things of this world, we are reminded why we began this journey in the first place.
This journey has come with many great times and some hard times as well. Often times, our decisions have affected other people. At times, this has made it more difficult to stay the course. But knowing that we are doing this because we have been called to it, brings a certain peace.
I can’t say one path is better than the other. I truly do believe God calls each of us to different paths, at different times. Each of our journeys are unique. But whatever we do, if we do it with the right heart and for God’s glory, it makes a world of difference.
What about you? What path have you felt led to? Corporate America or entrepreneurship? Do you feel you are walking in your God-given purpose?
Are you making career choices out of comfort, consistency, or lack of faith to try something else? Or is it fear of the unknown that keeps you in your current job?