There Is a Season for Everything Under the Sun:
Testimonies of Overcoming- Part 3
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. – Rev. 12:11
My name is Nicole. I am an entrepreneur, and I am broke. In Part 3 of my Testimonies of Overcoming, I could run down the myriad of reasons why I am in my current financial season, but a recent epiphany I recently had stops me from going down this road. According to the world’s assumptions, I should have more money than what I am currently producing, more material items, and the extra dollars to afford to be apart of various social organizations and events. This past year, I bought into this mindset hook, line, and sinker, and it often left me felling hopeless and disillusioned. Toward the end of 2016, however, a funny thing happened. I stopped listening to my feelings and started looking at my calling.
Three years ago, the Lord rearranged my family by taking us on a homeschooling journey. This unanticipated change produced a major lifestyle shift that seriously affected our finances. As entrepreneurs, my husband and I deal with ebbs and flows of business all the time. It is nothing new. As homeschooling entrepreneurs, however, educating our son comes first, and this has brought about a unique set of challenges. Now, any potential job I receive has to work around our schooling schedule and not our schooling schedule work around the job. My ability to take on new clients and/or contracts has been severely limited. These are not the only areas affected by our decision to work career goals around our family and not the other way around, we also must make tough choices about how we spend any resources obtained that are above our basic needs.
This year, for example, I had to choose between spending thousands on a social activity versus using that money to pay for our Summer 2017 HBCU and Civil Rights Movement Tour. I chose the latter, because educating my son trumps participating in non-education centered opportunities. Initially, it bothered me that we were not financially able to do everything I would have liked to do. I wondered if I was making the right career choices. The thoughts came more frequently after I accepted a seasonal job on a farm that paid me $9 per hour. Am I underemployed? Am I throwing away my law degree? Should I be putting myself out there more for clients to hire me? I pondered that finding a legal job could easily clear the path to me attaining all of the “extra” I wanted. I would not have to make hard choices. Thankfully, the Lord snatched me from going down this dark, deep rabbit hole and showed me that I am right where I am supposed to be. I am walking in the part of my ministry to which He has called me in this season of my life.
The result of pursuing my calling means that I will have to make choices- financial decisions- that will require a sacrifice. I cannot do all that I would like to do, and that’s okay. There is a time for everything under the sun. Right now, it is my time to live “broke” on purpose. The end result will be worth it.
What about you? What sacrifices do you have to make in order to walk in your purpose?
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