Bonus Episode: How to Have Faith with No Support

How do I keep my faith when I don't have support? And this is real because support matters. We want to feel supported. And the things that that we're doing, because it makes us feel like we're not crazy. It makes us feel like we're seen it makes us feel like we're not in this by ourselves. And I wanted to address this one because sometimes you may be in a season where your support is not coming in the way that you're used to it coming.

So your support may not be your family and friends because they may not get this life that you're trying to live. They may not get what it means or why it's important to truly live life as led by God. They may not get entrepreneurship that like, what, why don't you just get a good government job? That's huge here in the DC area. A lot of people, most people here work for the government and they move up that pay grade within the government. That's pretty standard. So if you're somebody who wants to be an entrepreneur, start something, especially something that people don't understand, you can feel like you're not supported.

You may, all your friends may have gone to college and got it and call you to go to college. Or he pulled you out of college. Like there, I believe that there are always going to be seasons where you're in a different space from those that you have traditionally grown up with or maneuver through life with. I know that hit me after I graduated undergrad. Because up until that point, I have friends from all through school. I went to school in Baltimore, which is about an hour and a half from where I grew up in PG County, Maryland.

And, but I went to school with people that I knew. I met new friends. And so everybody that I had gone through life with and who had been my support system, where we were pretty much in the same life phase. But once I left school and I started my own business, and especially when I left my job, things got a little bit different and it got difficult. And I feel like I didn't have the support because I couldn't go out and go to brunch every week like we were doing. After all, I didn't have the money for that. I was trying to pay for my business coach.

I didn't have the discretionary income to go to brunch every single weekend, or my friends may go to the club. I don't want to go to the club. And especially when I started getting, going back to church and growing my faith, and building my relationship with God, I didn't want to do those things anymore. So now not only did my friends not understand the sacrificial season that I was in financially to build my business. They didn't understand now that I didn't want to do a lot of the things that I used to do anymore.

And it was difficult because living that life for God and being an entrepreneur was hard by itself. And so here I was in a season where nobody, no one seemed to understand it. And that's part of the reason why I started podcasting initially is that I wanted to find my tribe, my people, I wanted to try to find and build a community of like-minded people that I couldn't find. And so I wanted to bring this particular question to the show because I completely understand and identify with what you're going through.

So I want to point you to some people in the Bible that I want you to study because I want to find community and I want you to find support.

And I want you to find wisdom straight from the word. A misconception that I believe a lot of us get or feel when we're in this season, we feel like we don't have support is that we're the only ones that have gone through this.

And it's a lie that the enemy plants in our head to try to make our situation or our circumstances seem impossible when they're not. And this is why I want to answer this by pointing you to a few places in scripture because the Bible is our blueprint. There is nothing that we go through today that has not already been worked out previously. Now the circumstances of the times might be different. The culture of those times might be different, but the core is the same.

And so I'm going to tell you where to go and scripture, because I want us to get used to going back to the Bible. Now I can't stress the importance enough for you guys to have a study Bible, because you literally can go to the back of your study, Bible search, whatever emotion you're feeling, and find so many places in the word that covers that very topic. But for right now, I'm going to give you three. The first place I want you to go in the Bible is our, or the first person that I want you to visit is Gideon.

Gideon's can be found in Judges six through eight. Now, the reason why I say to study Gideon is that he was in a place where he was living in the consequences, consequences of the people of Israel, his decision. So they were living in calamity because of the people's rebellion and them not obeying and following God. And so getting them was in a place where it was desolate. He felt alone. I mean, when the angel of God visited him in this text, he was like, hiding.

I forgot what he was doing, but he was hiding what he was doing because it was that just dangerous where he was. And so if you go to judges six, 15 through 16, this is where the angel of the Lord visited Gideon. And he told him basically that he was about to go to war and that he was going to defeat the Midianites. And so in 15, Gideon says, pardon me, my Lord, but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest and I'm the least in my family.

The Lord answered. I will be with you and you will strike down all the many Midianites, leaving, none alive, getting in was in a place here where he felt alone. He didn't have support here. He was in the midst of just a desolate season and feeling like God was nowhere near where he was at. And he is supposed to have faith. He's getting told this big assignment that he is about to go defeat the same people that are keeping them oppressed right now.