And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
This year marks our seventh season as entrepreneurs – owners of a small excavation company operating 4 years in Idaho and now in our 3rd year in North Dakota.
Like most entrepreneurs we took the leap of faith required to cut the tethers anchoring us to the world of the weekly paycheck and now live in the land of the ‘chancers’—embracing both the freedom and risk of financial independence.
Every new construction season begins the same. We come to the drawing table, clean slate and sharp pencil in hand, hope intermingled with fear, and launch out once again onto the unpredictable sea of entrepreneurial-ism. All of the potential and all of the risk belongs to us alone. Experience has taught us that there is one thing we can say with relative confidence… It’s going to be a WILD RIDE!
Are we going to get rich? Not likely. We aren’t the big fish of the pond. We aren’t even a big fish in a little pond. The reality is that we are only a tiny fish in a tiny pond. Of course we strive daily to become a better, bigger fish. We plan. We strategize. We dream. We press on. We have had seasons of plenty and seasons of lean, sometimes barely squeaking by and at times our barn has overflowed. We have paid our dues on more than one occasion and have become intimately familiar with the face of uncertainty.
The constant in all of it is that God has been faithful to His promise to provide for all of our needs. At the end of the day, we are able to testify that:
“Everything on this table [by God’s grace] we provided for ourselves.”
Most importantly, we are learning just to enjoy being a fish. There is an exhilarating freedom in letting go of the things the world has defined as security. We are learning to live each day in the moment and enjoying the thrill of the adventure. We are learning to be what God created us to be – creative, courageous, resilient, and completely dependent on Him.