In the forward to Every Good Endeavor, Katherine Alsdorf says she wanted “a gospel that had good news even” for failures. Yet, after reading that book, I didn’t come away with a good handle on how to view my own business failures from the perspective of the gospel.
It turns out, what I was looking for was the penultimate chapter of Me, Myself & Bob by Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales.
Here’s a snippet:
[B]eware of dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends. We all have them — longings for a better life, a healthy child, a happy marriage, rewarding work. But dreams are, I have come to believe, misplaced longings. False lovers. Why? Because God is enough. Just God. And he isn’t “enough” because he can make our dreams come true — no, you’ve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us — even without our dreams. Without the better life, the healthy child, the happy marriage, the rewarding work.
If I am a Christian…where I am in five years is none of my business. Where I am in twenty years is none of my business. Where I am tomorrow is none of my business. … No “BHAGs,” no inspiring PowerPoint vision statements. Just a group of people on their knees, trusting God for guidance each day. Holding everything loosely but God himself.
Just one more:
I didn’t need to have any impact at all. Whatever needs I had were being met by the Scripture I was reading and by the life of prayer I was developing. My passion was shifting from impact to God.