Getting Back Your Passion
Written by Julie Stroud
As a self-employed entrepreneur, new clients, new offers, new opportunities, new ideas, new cash flow are the lifeblood of your operation. Nothing is worse for a self-employed person than day after day passing by without much newness. A lack of new growth points to a lack of passion. And passion is so much more than sustenance, it is a vital nutrient. Without passion, we lose our edge and we are lulled into languishing.
When we finally realize what’s going on, the urge is to reach for a quick fix to get back on track. Throw some “miracle grow” on your business. A jolt of caffeine. Do-it-yourself techniques. A frenzy of activity.
If it’s passion that is waning, then a sprinkling of supplements won’t provide the vitality you’re needing. These are traps. A business and its owner need continuous health at the core. How then, to get back your passion? How to go from languishing to flourishing?
The answer is love.
I’m not talking about making a list of all the reasons you love your business. Or brainstorming new ways of loving your clients or creating a marketing plan to get clients to love you, your products and services. I’m talking about remembering God’s love for you. As a bottom-lining, action-taking, smart business woman, this can be a difficult pill to swallow.
God extravagantly, abundantly pours His love out to you.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1.
The word “lavish” is rich, drenched in a deep, wooing love and dripping in significance.
The Bible says we are His handiwork (Ephesians 2:10), His creation. And to all who receive Him as their Savior and Father, we are adopted as His children (Ephesians 1:5).
Like any good parent, He never gives up on you. Unlike any other parent, He is always with us in every circumstance, has all the power in this world and the unseen world, and He is the source of all knowledge and wisdom and truth. That is who you call your Heavenly Father. Limitless, mighty, and perfect!
So many of us, myself included, tend to think in terms of the past, that Jesus walked among people 2000 years ago, Jesus died 2000 years ago, and Jesus ascended into heaven and sits up there on a throne removed from us here today. The Lord is alive and active today. The Holy Spirit resides in the hearts of believers today. 1 John 3:1 says that the Father lavished (past tense) His love on us. And it’s also accurate to say that He “lavishes” and “is lavishing” (present tense). He is doing this – pouring out His love – today for you and me.
Before we can ask, He is lavishing His love on us. When we ask for help and for His presence, He lavishes His love. He pours it out, in abundance. Over and over. Just let that word picture settle in. Let it sink into the crevices of your heart and mind and soul.
So, entrepreneurial sister, the way to go from languishing to flourishing in your business – and in your life – is through His lavishing love. Stay in the Word day to day so that you remember who you are in light of who He is. Remain grounded in His truths so you remember why you do what you do and how to do it. The heart of a believer is found in Christ, and that is where you will rediscover your passion.
My hope and prayer for you echoes Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 3:5.
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
Amen and amen!
Written By Julie Stroud
Julie Stroud is the Founder and President of Fervent Coaching. With two decades’ experience as a work at home mom and solopreneur, Julie brings experience, wisdom, and education to the clients she serves. Through coaching and training, Fervent Coaching equips and inspires Christian entrepreneurial women to be God’s best in the marketplace.
Are you a Christian woman entrepreneur with a story of personal and/or professional overcoming? Or does your ministry or business have a strong give-back component that is making a difference locally and/or globally? If you would like your story considered for this blog and upcoming book, contact Julie Stroud at email@example.com.