A few months ago, the shop next door started remodeling. We are learning how to dream big dreams, so we started dreaming about what it would be like for a hotel to open. We could make deals and get tons of new customers. How exciting! Then, we found out it was going to be a coffee shop. They recently started opening and receiving customers.
My thought process in how to deal with this unexpected arrival has been interesting.
- At first, I was afraid. I “knew” we were finished. But God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear (1 Timothy 1:17), so I knew that was an illegal thought.
- Then, I started planning ways we could beat them with our competitive advantages. I thought about all the new deals we could start or how we were positioned well in the market so that either way we would defeat them (Deuteronomy 20:1-4). But, then it hit me.
- The Bible says be a blessing. It says “pray for the prosperity of the city, because if it prospers, you’ll prosper” (my paraphrase of Jeremiah 29:7). This has been a huge transition for me from thinking of business being about beating others down to thinking of how the community can be blessed, even the competition.
So, I started sharing these thoughts with people around The Aroma and rather than being afraid of what might happen, we imagined what God wants to do. He’s good. All the time.
I know the race isn’t finished yet, but after shifting the way we prayed and thought, we had two days of packed business. Don’t let the world influence your thinking. The Bible says “be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). “You can’t afford to have a thought in your head that’s not in God’s head” (Johnson), so let God renew your thinking. Soon, you’ll be thinking the way He thinks: Heaven to Earth.
When you run into a situation, you have three choices: be afraid, beat, or bless.