I’ve heard it a few times now, something along the lines of: “Small businesses will take a hit and maybe never recover from this pandemic.”
I think this might be true on so many levels… (the part where we might take a hit that is)
I think God wants to use this time to grow and start small businesses.
I believe, we are in a season where God is bringing business and ministry together in a way that the world has not yet seen.
Bethel Church is doing this thing called ‘Heaven in Business.’ Google it if you’re interested.
I love business and we have have a desire to be involved in ministry so this… this is exciting to me.
How many times have you heard people talk about something they’d like to start but it always ends with: ‘I don’t have the time.’
Guys, right now…
You’ve. Got. Time.
This is the moment we’ve all dreamt of having.
Many of us have said the words: ‘If I could have just a week off to catch up.’ ‘I wish I could add another hour to each day.’ ‘I could sleep for a week.’ And there’s many more…
Right now we’ve got that👆. Well according to FB some of you do, as for the rest of us, it’s actually added to to our schedule.🤦♀️
This is an opportunity to start the business that you’ve always wanted to start.
Maybe, it’s even a nudge (or a big shove) from God because we were so comfortable doing the things we aren’t called to, that we were never going to step out, on our own, to do what God is calling us too.
Either way, don’t waste this time, pray about it, then go put that dream of yours into action.
If you already have a small business…
This is still an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to see what your business is capable of.
If you’re in the food business, maybe you can experiment with doing deliveries, or curbside pick up.
Whatever business you’re in, there’s probably something new you can experiment with. And if not you can improve your system, find the flaws, weak spots etc. then fine tune it into a better and more efficient system.
But… how do we stay afloat right now?
That is the question.
For us, we’re taking less people each week. We’re rotating our people, instead of working every week some of them are only working every other wk.
We’re obviously making smaller batches of food, and we’re even cutting back on our variety… we’ll have some things this week but not next week, and next week we’ll have what we didn’t have this week.🤷♀️
It might sound bizarre, but it’s working, whatever it takes to keep our expenses down, because I have no clue what to expect from 1 week to the next.
We’re cutting corners wherever we can, but one thing I believe God is saying is this:
Our generosity in this season will determine how well our business bounces back once this pandemic ends.
I think our natural tendency at a time like this is to hang on tightly to what we do have because we don’t even know if we’ll be allowed to go to work next week.
But I believe that God wants us to be generous, to not cling tightly to our material possession, finances, toilet paper😆 or whatever it might be, rather we should share it, give until it hurts. Then we can stand back and watch it multiply because it’s been blessed by God.
Soon after this Pandemic started Anna Kail shared this passage. 👇 It resonated with me and it’s something I keep going back to, it’s a great guide for this moment in time.
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” 1 Kings 17:7-16
So, there you have it.
Keep the faith, be generous and your post Covid-19 sales will be unbelievably high…
because they’ll be blessed by God.
Also… go start that business.
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I love this Grace! The thing with business/ministry is right where we are…don’t feel called to “the field” but Dave has been learning a lot about how to create a kingdom atmosphere in a business. It’s exciting to see a generation of people who recognize that business and ministry can be very much intertwined!