As a business owner, my heart goes out to fellow business owners during this uncertain time that we are living in. We are having to make hard decisions and are grasping for whatever income we can acquire to make ends meet and stay afloat. I know that the stigma placed on us as business owners is that we are greedy, uncaring and selfish. However, the truth is that the majority of small business owners are some of the most caring and giving people that you will meet. We all have had moments in our businesses where we are unsure where payroll and taxes are going to come from, and whether or not we will be able to pay ourselves. The background scenes that most people don’t see is the worry, concern and attempts employers try to make to keep their employees paid and have hours available to work. This virus has impacted our country more than anything I’ve ever seen in my life, within a weeks’ time. However, as uncertain as these times are, it makes you step back and evaluate the value of things. I’ve thought a lot this week about the people in my life and how they are being affected by this. The value of others has increased, the idea of being quarantined and separated from others is frustrating. The idea of being separated from customers and employees is aggravating. When you work with a group of people for a long time, they become family and every business has at least a few loyal customers that you have gained a good relationship with.
Another thing that I value personally, is the word of God. I’ve prayed a lot this week. I’m ashamed to admit, more than I have in the past month. But, I’m a reader by nature and as much as I talk to God, it’s often the moment that I read my Bible that I feel peace. I feel the opposite when I read all the information that is bombarding us over the virus. I understand that it is important to be informed, but I also know that it’s important to know who is ultimately in control. My faith in God keeps me stable. Will I have moments that fear will creep upon me? Yes, I have had those moments a lot. But, the answer to putting the fear at bay is me reading the Bible and seeing what God has to say about it. It helps me to see what others have endured and come through with His hand in their life. I hope and pray that this doesn’t last long, but I know I have to trust that God’s going to keep me and take care of me and those around me. It may not be how I want it to look like, but His love for His children is great.
So, to wrap up my thoughts, my prayer for us entrepreneurs and business owners to go to God for everything that we are feeling and dealing with. I pray that God will keep us during this time of uncertainty. I pray that God will increase in us creativity and ideas that will innovate our businesses. I pray that we will pray for each other more. I pray that we will support one another and communicate more with one another about our needs and concerns. We tend to try to fix things ourselves, but I think we need to be open and realize that others in business are feeling the same thing, encouragement is support. I pray that God will help us to rebuild stronger foundations and relationships with those we come in contact with through our businesses, whether it’s employees, vendors, customers, and other local businesses. I pray we will overcome this craziness. Be well, my friends. Put your hope and faith in God.