Would you like for someone to give you money?
He really was in a difficult predicament. Circumstances and conditions were hard for him.
They had been for a long, long time.
No relief was in site.
And right now, all he wanted was for some one to give him some money.
THAT would make his situation better, he believed.
You can read more about this man in Acts Chapter 3 and what you'll find out is that...
Money WAS NOT what he needed.
Oh sure, he could have easily found a way to spend and dispose of whatever money was given to him – but money wasn't what he needed the most.
What he needed was a HEALING.
If you'll receive it...
If you really want help...
If you genuinely want to turn your affairs around for the better...
You don't need money either. What you need is a healing...a healing in the area of money beliefs and perspectives...a healing in your mindset about money...a healing in the way you want to "get" money.
You need a healing from that socialistic mindset that wants someone else to "give" you money...to "bail" you out of your problems...your troubles...your conditions and circumstances...
Which is the same thing as saying you want someone to RELIEVE you from the CONSEQUENCES of your choices...your perspectives...your beliefs...your attitude...your actions and inactions...ALL OF WHICH WOULD PUT YOU RIGHT BACK INTO THE SAME SITUATION YOU ARE IN RIGHT NOW EVEN IF SOMEONE DID "GIVE" YOU MONEY.
In fact, it's not at all unusual for people who have been "gifted" bailout money to end up in conditions and circumstances that are WORSE than the ones they are in right now.
Here is your healing if you really want it...
Money is compensation for value and service rendered.
Provide little value or service and receive little money.
Provide much value or service and receive much money.
But, the money isn't what's important.
What's important is the benefit that your value and service brings to people's lives.
In providing value and service, you're HELPING people.
By helping people, you FIT IN with God's design and plan for mankind.
Yesterday, a friend reminded me of when we were boys...
The widow women we knew didn't sit around down and out and poor.
Instead, they WORKED!
One of them made handmade quilts that were of such excellent craftsmanship and design that they were SOLD before she could finish them...and in fact, she had a back-list of requests that constantly kept her several months "behind".
Another one made and delivered mouthwatering homemade pies, cakes, and desserts for families that didn't have time to make their own. And, they sure beat the stale, bland, chemical-laden options that were available at the grocery store.
Yet another one took the little bit of money her deceased husband left her and built a greenhouse which she soon leveraged into a booming year-around business of providing families with FRESH, HEALTHY vegetables that were of better quality than what a person could get at any local grocery store.
I guess you could say that people did give these widow-women money...and people were happy to give it to them...because they were getting something of value back.
These widow-women didn't lack for money. In fact, they hired young men and women in the church so that even more money was flowing to and through them.
What about you?
What do you have to give to people for money besides a bunch of empty, windy promises of "I'll pay you back when..."
You may be way "upside down"...you may be way in debt...with huge bills staring you in the face.
It doesn't matter.
All that matters is that you find some way to provide value and service to people...
And, that you find a way PRONTO!
Ask God in prayer what's the best way for you right now.
It may be something that you only do for a while. It may be something you do for the rest of your life. Just keep your focus on providing value and service and you'll end up doing the right things. God will lead you in the right direction if you'll let him (Isaiah 49:18).
Tell those that you owe what you're doing to turn things around for yourself...so that you can both pay them off plus accrued interest AND create a better life for yourself and your family.
They'll work with you. If they see that you're genuinely working at doing something to provide value and service they'll carry you.
It's when they see you sitting around wanting something for nothing that they become unwilling to work with you.
Quit wanting money.
Be a searcher, seeker, and implementer of ways to provide value or service.
Provide it in whatever way you can.
Provide it in such a way that there's something REMARKABLE, SPETACULAR, INCREDIBLE, or AMAZING about it.
It really is as simple as this. The "hard" part is actually doing the WORK. The "hard" part is overcoming your "fear of failure" and your "fear of people". The "hard" part overcoming your "fear of rejection" and going ahead and stepping out into the world of people and offering your value to them.
Now, it may take some time.
That's ok. The time was going to pass anyway.
Undoubtedly, there are certain hardships, mishaps, or "disadvantages" in your past. Maybe, you've brought them forward with you into your present.
That's good. Those "disadvantages" contain your unique advantage so that you can provide value in a way that's remarkable and special. Besides, every other person who's ever "made it" had their own set of "disadvantages" that they got past just like you can.
There will be failures and setbacks along the way.
That's ok. Don't worry about them. They don't define you. They aren't the "end". They are merely "educational devices" so that you learn what you need to learn. This is God's way of directing you into providing the precise, specific value that people really want.
There will be times when it "seems" like nothing is working.
That's when you maintain your Faith in God and REFINE your ideas about serving and providing value to people. As you continue doing the WORK of your "part", God will do His part behind the scenes. If you don't quit and give up, you'll soon enough see that is true.
Your life will never be the same.
You'll never "want" money again.
One more really important thing...
Watch out for the people who take it upon themselves to tell you this won't work for you. Oh, they'll have their "proof". They'll have all these "horror" stories where "someone" they know tried to step out and be a provider of value and "lost" everything. (Notice how it's usually someone else as most of these nay-sayers have never had the courage, faith, and trust in God to actually try anything for themselves.)
Watch out for these kinds of people lest you join their ranks of those who are AFRAID to go do the WORK and you waste your life away having never accomplished or achieved anything meaningful.
But, you ask, who's really right? Me or "them"?
Look to your Bible for your answer.
Can you find anywhere in the Bible where it tells you that you'll "lose everything" if you strive to provide greater value (LOVE) to people?
Is there any place in your Bible that tells you God will forsake you and abandon you if you're genuinely serving Him and loving (SERVING) people?
Well, there's your answer.
But of course, if your FAITH is that you'll fail and lose all...well, then you have obligated God to give you that.
But, if your FAITH is that you'll do your best to provide value and God will take care of everything else...well, God will do that for you too.
Peace, love, and blessings,
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