My goal here at Lemon and the Sea is to be open about my faith and how God is at work in my business while still providing value and putting out my best work. It's not an easy thing to balance and I'm not always sure how much to share, but as I keep blogging and connecting with all of you, I'm realizing how important it is to be truly open and authentic. And while you may not all share my beliefs or may even be turned off by some of my posts, I'm still convinced that this is part of my greater purpose.
God has called us to be salt and light, even in our businesses.
I've been tempted at times to follow the trends and only write about design and business without including faith. But every time I consider that, I remember that my business wouldn't work without God behind it. He has brought me to this place and anointed me to grow this business in this season. For that, I owe Him my trust as I work.
So, how can Christian entrepreneurs be salt and light in a world filled with small businesses and a spirit of hustle and competition? By building our businesses on the Fruits of the Spirit:
You can choose to exhibit each of these in your own business and how you interact with others. And these things make a bigger difference than you might expect. My husband spent an hour on the phone last week with customer service and came away extremely frustrated and put off. The person helping him wasn't patient, kind, or gentle.
Think of the times you've had to send an email about something not working or call customer service with a question. How different is your experience when you reach someone who is genuinely helpful and kind? How much more likely are you to recommend them to someone else.
God gave us these fruits (through the Holy Spirit so you don't have to do it on your own) because they are the things He values. They come from an overflow of your heart and they can make all the difference in someone else's life.
Do not follow the world.
The world will tell you that to be successful in business, you have to hustle and grind. That you have to rely solely on yourself for everything you need. That you are the reason your business works and grows.
This is so counter to God's way of business, that it's almost comical, but it's also easy to forget. We've adopted the idea that God helps those who help themselves (which is not in the Bible, by the way). We've bought into the world's way and we're exhausted and lost.
God calls us to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), to trust in Him (1 Corinthians 2:5), and to be driven by His purpose (Ephesians 2:10). He has given us a purpose greater than simply running a business or making a profit. He's called us to glorify Him in all we do and to spread His word to the world.
That's a great calling and a scary one if you're trying to do it on your own. Luckily, God has given us all we need to follow the path He has set before us. We just have to turn away from the lies of the world and keep our eyes on Him.