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Today, I want to show and remind you that you already have what you need. How does that statement make you feel? You may be thinking wait a minute, I don't have what I need. I need… fill in the blank here. In my case, I need money for two college tuitions and I can assure you that money isn't sitting in my bank account. I need time to write the book I've been thinking about. I need more financial resources for my business. My list, similar to yours I'm sure, can go on and on, right? I mean there are a lot of people reading this, so there has to be a lot of needs. We could probably categorize them but the reality is the same, there are needs that need to be fulfilled.
Over the last few months, I have been thinking about this thought. The answer continues to be, we already have what we need. So if this statement is true, I guess the next logical question is, where is the answer? Okay, don't shoot the messenger, but the answer is inside of you. I can already feel the daggers coming my way, and the mob getting ready to rise up against me. Let me explain, you know your situation and circumstance far better than I do. How could I possibly have the answer to your specific need? Here's what I do have, I have the ability to strategize, formulize, and empower you to find it. Take a journey with me as I explain in more detail.
I'm reminded of a story of a widow woman. This woman had a husband that was very popular and worked with the spiritual leaders in her area. Her husband died and left her and her sons in financial hardship. He didn't have life insurance that would cover any expenses or debts he left. That responsibility would be left for his wife to handle. He wasn't a man of great wealth so financially his wife was challenged. Keep in mind, during the days of this story, women were not in the workforce as they are today. They maintained the home and children, while the man worked outside of the home. After his death the debt kept mounting and mounting. The debt collectors told this woman, if you can't pay we will take your sons as slaves. Well as you can imagine that was NOT an option for this woman. She sent her son to get the prophet, to come and give her advice and tell her what to do. For this blog's purpose, we will refer to this man as a coach, because as you will see that is how he operates. In true coach form, he asked her this question, "What can I do for you?" She told him about her situation. He asked another question, "What do you have in the house." Now let's be honest don't you think this is an annoying question to ask someone in this particular crisis? I mean really, don't you think if she had anything of value she would have already sold it and paid the debt off? However, her answer was simple, "I have nothing in the house
except a jar of oil." Now, this is just my opinion but I feel like she may have even said that a bit snarky with emphasis on the NOTHING and then a sarcastic remark of "a jar of oil". I'm not sure, that is never laid out in the full story. She may have even said it a bit ashamed, having to admit that is all she had. I really don't know, but I feel like I would have responded the first way. We do know that she was asking you for help, and was all out of resources.
All of a sudden, the prophet (coach) sees something she never saw. He realized that she did have a resource. Some times when we are in situations where we feel like we have nothing left, we need help from a coach to see what we can't. He tells to her do something odd, he said, "go borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors, empty vessels, do not gather just a few, then shut the door behind you and your sons." Pouring oil into the jars from what she had, she filled other vessels and once she had filled all she had, the oil stopped producing. Then the Prophet told her to sell the oil to all her neighbors and pay off her debts. Then she could live off the rest of the money. (2Kings 4:1-7)
This story reminds me of the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure". When you are in a situation and you feel desperate or that you are lacking something, you can always find a means to create wealth. In fact, in Deuteronomy 8:18,"But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is this day." If God gives us the ability to create wealth the possibility is already inside of us. There may be an idea you've been thinking about, or a business you've been sitting on, but what you need, you already have a means of getting it.
In the midst of the pandemic when people were losing their jobs, and insecure about what was going to happen, we determined that we had skillsets in our house, that we needed to do something with. I was a certified life coach, I hold an MBA, I have a certificate to facilitate trauma healing, I hold a certification in leadership from Cornell University, so what is in my house? Experience, education, entrepreneurial spirit and a desire. Does that mean it comes easy? No, you have to do the work, but the resource is inside of you. So many times, we feel like we are lacking and it may be so clear that you don't see it. I remember when I was little and looking for a toy my mom would come in and say, "if it were a snake it would have bit you." Meaning, it was there a long I just couldn't see it. So the question I leave with you today is "What is in YOUR house?"
Taking the first step is the most difficult, if you find yourself in a situation where you are thinking I have no resources, I can't see what is in the house, we would love to partner with you, and empower you on this journey. We're better together! For more information on our sessions, schedule a free consultation with us.