Entrepreneurship: It all starts with God

by ellis j. still


We as humans were born to dream. Since I was little, I wanted to be a fireman or a policeman. Then I wanted to be the first African American Star Fleet Captain on the television show Star Trek (Avery Brooks beat me to it on Star Trek – Deep Space Nine). Then I wanted to be a NFL football star, like many other inner city youth that lacked role models leading into careers (home notwithstanding). Then dreams of being the first college graduate in my family, and of being a world famous Landscape Architect. All of these things were mere fantasies… answers to the question “what should I do with my life?”.

This search is the cause for much disappointment in life, with increasing feelings of life not being like a box of chocolates, but of a feeling of mot not being fulfilled out of not having met one’s goals in life. As a result, at some point you stop dreaming.

The problem isn’t weather or not we achieve the dream, but the focus behind the dream. Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. Whenever there is a question about a thing, you ask its creator. Therefore, it is only through Christ that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. All other paths ultimately lead to a dead end.

Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are two different things. You can still be successful in life through hard work, but finding one’s purpose ultimately brings fulfillment. The key action item associated with purpose is to discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 11:1 says it is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first hear of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger purpose that God has designed for eternity. Without God, life makes no sense.

Be persistent. Focus on what you want out of life, and pray for direction – that it is something that God wants for you. Discover God’s point of view. You have something that God put in you that will speak to nations. Don’t let a title or money define who you are. Re-construct yourself. It sometimes may take years, but be steadfast and honest with yourself, until the day you wake up and realize that you had awakened to your dreams.

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