The Plan For a New Beginning

I mentioned in my last post that I had a business idea in the making. One week in and it’s very much on it’s way!

I decided to pursue landscaping as a startup business idea. The whole purpose is to give me something physical to do, while also creating some better income and freedom to do more things that i love. I’m hoping this will help to enable us to be more flexible in serving at our church, doing more of what we love together (music, serving, etc) and it will (if it goes as planned) replace and provide a greater income than present.field-175959_1920.jpg

I’ve always loved the idea of entrepreneurship but never had the guts to cast off my fear and pursue a career “on my own”. But now, it’s pretty official. My bosses know, my church knows, my friends know, and I’ve posted publicly on  Facebook. So essentially I’ve given myself no wiggle room for not doing this. It’s gonna happen.

So, you say, what’s the plan?

My first goal is complete. Be open with my intentions and start moving forward. Done.

My second goal is to create a one-page business plan of what I will offer, how much to charge, and what investments need to be made. That is finished.

My third goal is to purchase the equipment and launch my internet presence. Also, I’m doing some free work to provide me with some positive feedback for the online presence. There’s virtually no landscape company in my area that’s capitalizing on this. This is what I’m doing right now. I’m purchasing the mower today and many of the hand tools needed. I will also hopefully have a job on Monday for some leaf blowing and hedge trimming!

The fourth and final goal is to get the physical name out. I’ll purchase shirts, business cards, flyers, lawn signs, car magnets and start hustling like a mad man to get quotes and get working on mondays, saturday mornings, and evenings.

Iv’e calculated i need 15 hours of work per week to replace my current income. I’m hoping and praying that God will provide the work quickly so it’s not a long dragged out ordeal. But I’m trying to trust in His timing.

Anyways, i have to go get that mower and a whole lot of other stuff!

Nature Is Not Your Church

As I drove home from work today, I was behind a allgau-63427_1920.jpgvehicle with many bumper stickers. One read “what would Buddha do” while another said “Nature is my Church“.

I want to zero in on the latter sticker. The phrase holds many misconceptions about what the Church is, or rather who the Church is.

Nature is certainly a beautiful thing and God’s word says that nature is pointing back to God in Romans 1:20. In fact, we are without excuse because of it’s beautiful masterful design!

I actually love fall leaves and beautiful freshly fallen snow and especially the mountains!

dawn-190055.jpgBut nature is not God. God created it as an arrow pointing back to Him, and many people have taken nature and made it point only back to itself. That is idolatry.

Nature can’t be your Church because a thing or a place isn’t a church. The Church isn’t a thing or a place. It is the body of believers in Christ. It’s not a building, it’s not a beautiful view, it’s all those in Christ.