As some of you may know by now, we as a company have a lot of very ambitious goals. From the start, we've never seen Moravian as just a business venture with the goal of making a profit and supporting ourselves. We see it as a vessel that will help us impact the world. We dream about creating spaces where people can learn about the value of community, the importance of dreaming together, and the fruit of living a life that is surrendered to God. Of course, in order to achieve the ambitious goals we've set, the numbers have to add up, but they've never been the driving force. We were reminded of this in a recent meeting with a potential investor. After talking for a while, he brought up the fact that we aren't focusing enough on the money. The funny part was we had spent hours and hours scouring the numbers, doing research, and creating projections to make sure our next steps were financially feasible. We just weren't talking about it. We were only talking about how excited we were to open our flagship cafe, expand to multiple locations, and eventually start opening cafes across the world. We were focusing on the impact we could have through investing in our employees, hosting community events, and partnering with ministries and non-profits. Now, I'll be the first to admit that we could have communicated better in that meeting, but I honestly left feeling reassured. Reassured that our hearts were in the right place. Reassured that the things we are passionate about are much bigger than just meeting our own needs.
I'll be honest, everything going on in the world right now can make running a business a little unnerving. Inventory costs are higher, shipping costs are higher, gas prices are absurd, and profit margins are taking hits left and right. Needless to say, if money is the ultimate goal, it's pretty easy to let all these variables make you spiral into chaos and anxiety. However, if you believe God has your best interests in mind and wants to use you to achieve his purposes on earth, then this is a good time to lean in and allow your faith to be stretched. No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, what you believe about God will determine how you respond to the world around you. I've learned that if my motivation is coming from the right place, I can face challenges with a lot more confidence. I hope that this short blog will encourage you to trust God a little more and feel a little less fear next time you face an obstacle.
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