Now that I have your undivided attention, how many of you, by a show of hands, can honestly say at one point or another you have said this? Guess what? So have I. But do you really need more money or is it wisdom that’s needed and good old fashion common sense?
Do you really need money or to reevaluate where you are, how you got there, your relationships (whether they are building you up or tearing you down), how you have used the money you have, etc.?
The reality of it is God gives us all we need…yes to include money. The truth is the opportunity to get money comes in the form of opportunities that require action on our part. Action simply defined: WORK!
A part of our action plan is to sit back and analyze what is and is not working, who is in our circle of influence, are they onboard in the real sense or in words only. Have you carried the weight of hoping, wishing, praying that they will eventually come on board in the real sense year after year? These are the things we often fail to analyze and assess and because of this we say…God, I need money.
As a parent, the ones who drain our pockets the most are our children…our ADULT children. I read an article recently that stated many older Americans are delaying retirement…not because they cannot but because they feel they cannot as they are still helping adult children. When does helping cross the line to becoming an enabler. Honestly, as I reflect, I see I have been more of an enabler than a helper. But that’s just me. I know none of you have.
Another part of our action plan is to let go of any and every thing or any and everyone that’s preventing us from being our very best. Maya Angelou stated it so gracefully and eloquently…When people show you who they are, believe them. My problem has been I just could not believe what they were showing me.
Yes, everyone can change but people have to want to change. I believe we never give up hope that a person can and will change until the last breath is drawn but I also believe there comes a time when we have to let them go for their benefit as well as ours. And it’s not just about money, it’s for each of our growth…spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally to help us spread our wings and fly.
As I was speaking with someone last week, it dawned on me that many of us say…God, I need more money as I want to… Let’s take a look at some things we may say we need money for.
- To go to school. Guess what, there are scholarships, grants and loans available to help one achieve that goal or vision.
- To purchase a home. There are some cities and states that offers homebuyers assistance funds.
- To start a business. There are numerous ways to secure funds for business start-ups. You just have to network and do the research to find the ways.
- To help with payment of rent and utilities. There are programs available for low-income families to take advantage of that assist with these payments.
- To live in general
- To give to others
- To _________________.
Yes, there are many things we say we have need of money for and rightfully so. The thing is God is not and will not rain money from heaven as some seem to think. He is not a genie granting wishes. What He will do is present us with ideas and opportunities that we can apply and WORK towards that will help us get the money and everything else we need. The question becomes: How bad do you want it? Do you want it bad enough to do the research, studying, networking, training, make the sacrifice of your time, talents and resources, and put in the work to get what you need and want. Are you willing to drop the dead weight you’ve been carrying?
Yes, it takes that elbow-bending, knee-bending, tenacious attitude of being doggedly determined to go after that that you say you need. You don’t need money. You need to stir up the gifts God has given you, work it, search out resources and work with them and allow God to provide the increase or money you need.
Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone? If you are not willing to put in the time, effort, energy, and work, you don’t really need any money. You are just talking loud and saying nothing. Don’t get upset with me, you know what I’m saying is true.
Let me encourage you to remind yourself of this, seeking after money should never be your goal. Of course, we need money to live. You need to always remember to seek first God and his kingdom and all these things will be added to you. Addition comes when you put God first, pray, analyze, assess, let go and then do the works.
So don’t let me hear you say that you need money not another day! You have ALL that you need. Wanna know how I know? The word says God supplies ALL of our need according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus. Faith without works is dead.
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