As the guy people come to for logos and websites, I’ve met with many newly-formed business partnerships over the years. From realtors who came together to form a team, to lawyers that joined forces to complement one another’s services, I’ve learned a lot from these experiences to understand a bit about what it takes to succeed in a partnership.
Far too many partnerships place the bar precariously low when choosing their standard for what they expect in business. This sets them up for failure. Lack of preparation before starting, fear of commitment, and disregard for God’s plan for how humans should deal with one another are all among the many things that help to lower the standard for business partnerships and fill the marketplace with more and more failed ventures. When partners arbitrarily choose how far they will carry their partnership commitments, they lower the standard for their business.
A business partnership is such a serious, binding relationship, and every partner who desires a lasting and lucrative commitment must set a high standard for their joint venture that is in line with God’s design for two people coming together.
I always say starting a business with someone is almost like marriage. God intended marriage to be a gift to us and something that we should cherish. But this gift is not to be taken lightly. We all know 1 Corinthians 13 as the verse read at a wedding, but that was actually written as a standard for Christians interacting with each other.
Read this verse below keeping your business partner in mind:
[love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV)
A Godpreneur’s business partnership begins with a commitment to God and the person(s) you’ll be starting the business with. It is not a commitment for an hour, a day, a month, or a few years. It is a commitment for life! Well, that’s the way you should look at it. Why? Because that’s the mindset it takes to give 100 percent to your partnership. That’s the standard God desires for anything we do unto Him.
It is saying that you will go through the entrepreneur roller coaster —together. It is saying that the group of you are committed—you, your partner(s), and God. It is having a no-quit attitude. It is being willing to fight for your partnership. If you can raise the bar and aim high for God’s plan for your partnership, the chances of your having a successful business are great.
The highest standard for your partnership has already been set by God; reaffirm your commitment to that as your standard today!
How can you purpose bring God into your business partnership? Leave a comment below.