Finding The Balance Between Entrepreneurial Hustle And Divine Surrender
It can be difficult to discern the appropriate balance between hustle and surrender. If you’ve ever wondered if you should be working harder or depending on God more in your business, you’re not alone! It’s a balance that is in constant flux and needs daily evaluation.
The below questions are going to help you examine your season to determine the balance that is right for you:
Are you following God’s peace?
When your circumstances get difficult, it can be easy to assume that it’s time to step up your entrepreneurial hustle.
When your bank account balance is low, you start brainstorming new product ideas.
When your social posts aren’t getting any engagement, you come up with a new strategy.
As an ambitious woman, you take matters into your own hands. Can you relate?
Blindly jumping into action before seeking God can lead you down a dangerous path. As humans, we don’t like uncomfortable situations, but Jesus clearly says, “In this world you will have trouble.” [John 16:33] Sometimes God allows difficult situations so He can use them to shape our character and show us how to more fully depend on Him.
So the question is: are you experiencing trouble because you are in this world or because it’s time to pivot? Spend time seeking God on this, then be willing to heed to His peace - even if that means not moving a muscle. And whatever you do, do not make decisions out of fear.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” [Isaiah 26:3]
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” [John 14:27]
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” [1 Peter 5:7]
Are you allowing the world to influence you?
The world is going to tell you to hustle. The world is going to tell you that your success depends on you alone. But guess what? The world isn’t tapped into the the divine power of the Creator of our universe. But you, Christian woman, YOU are!
When you begin to feel like you aren’t enough and/or aren’t doing enough, it’s time to evaluate who - and what - you are allowing to influence your mind. Because when you allow the world to influence your mind, you finish the day feeling like you should have worked harder and like you’ll never be enough. However, when you allow God’s word to renew your mind, you finish the day feeling accomplished and satisfied. You know that you’ve done your part and you trust God to step in where you may have fallen short.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” [1 Corinthians 10:13]
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” [Philippians 4:13]
What is the motivation behind your work?
You may have started the entrepreneurial journey, like many Christian women today, because you were called to it. Just as pastors and missionaries pursue ministry, you are pursuing business out of obedience and worship to our heavenly Father.
Are your daily pursuits fueled by your desire to be obedient to God and to worship Jesus’ name? Or are your daily pursuits fueled by the desire to make more money, gain more popularity or prove your worth to someone?
When our ambitions are selfishly motivated, there is no balance between hustle and surrender. We become closed off to hearing God say “rest in Me”. But when we work to bring glory to Jesus, the hustle is fun. The hustle doesn’t feel hurried, but instead it brings peace and joy to your life and those around you.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” [Matthew 6:24]
Is God a daily priority?
This question was almost so obvious that it got left off the list, but we could all use this foundational reminder: our relationship with God must be #1 priority.
One of the daily devotions from the Jesus Calling devotional puts this so well: “Walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live this way, you will do less but accomplish far more.”
One of the coolest things about serving God is that when we make Him a priority, He puts our life (and that includes our businesses) in order. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28]
When you look at your life, how do your priorities stack up? If work is above God, you’re walking on thin ice.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” [Matthew 6:33]
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” [Proverbs 16:3]