My Business Loss
Many years ago, I lost a lot of money in a business venture. It was a big loss for me. At that time, I lost almost my entire net worth.
I was tempted to mope, to sulk, to carry a heavy burden for a long time. Actually, I allowed myself to grieve for a while—which was very healthy.
But I decided not to grieve for too long, or I would be stuck forever. After some time, I declared, “God has something better for me.” I chose to smile. I chose to look at the brighter side. I chose to believe that better businesses would come my way. In fact, I began declaring the unbelievable. I said, “I’ll earn ten times what I lost!”
Later that week, a friend asked me, “Is it true that you lost a lot of money in that business?” I said, “Yes, I did.”
“It happens to you too, huh? And I thought people like you are exempt from these things. So why are you smiling?”
“Because I believe God is redirecting me to a better business. And I know that I’ll earn ten times what I lost.”
It was a big claim and some friends couldn’t understand why I was so relaxed. But a few years later, what I declared happened.
I started new businesses and I began to earn ten times what I lost. What I lost—my savings for years—I earned in a few months. Today, my new businesses are multiplying. I ask myself sometimes, “What if I didn’t fail in that business? I would still be stuck in that business! I wouldn’t have the new business that I have now.”
And imagine if I kept moping and sulking—would I have seen the new opportunities around me? Imagine if I kept mourning my loss—would I have had the energy to venture into something new?
Friend, don’t focus on the problems in your life. Don’t focus on what you lose. Instead, focus on two things: look at what you still have and look at the new things that God will give you. And be grateful.
By Bo Sanchez
Meditation: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
We shall be meditating on ways to thrive in the midst of recession for the next three days.
Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. – Daniel 11:32
It is no news that there is yet another economic recession hitting the world, wreaking great havoc on institutions, homes and individuals across the globe. As with every period of recession, this meltdown will see many go bankrupt and under, never to rise again; it will also witness the birth of a new set of millionaires who will benefit from the transfer of wealth.
There are three simple principles that will position you at the receiving end of the resources that will change hands during this economic upheaval and establish you amongst those who will emerge wealthy or wealthier by the time the crisis had blown out. Here is the first:
Know Your God
The passage above establishes that those who know their God shall enjoy two benefits: they shall be strong and then carry out exploits. Not that they will not feel the heat or be shaken by the crisis, but they shall remain resilient in the face of hardships that are blowing others out of place; and building on that resilience, they will perform great feats that will make them the go-to of their time. But, to achieve this, you must first know your God.
In case the God you know is not Jesus, the Creator of heaven and earth, permit me to introduce Him to you:
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:16-18)
‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:8)
I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:3)
But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses. (Daniel 5:20-21)
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
If Jesus is the God you know, then you are on track to thriving during this global economic crisis. However, if you don’t know Him yet, you need to make with Him immediately by calling on Him and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour.
If you want to know God, you need to accept Jesus Christ, His Son as your Lord and personal saviour. To do that, please say the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner. I know I cannot exercise dominion over the works of Your hand if I do not surrender to You. Today I ask that You forgive me my sins. Cleanse me and fill me with Your Spirit. Restore to me the power to exercise dominion as You intended at creation. Thank You, Lord, for making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42
Fulfilment is achieved only by fitting into the slot where you belong. That is another way of saying filling the hole you are cut out for, or that is customised for you to occupy in the socio-economic scheme of things of your environment. A better way of putting it is saying that you meet the pressing needs of people and corporate concerns around you.
Although your doing that may not be financially rewarding at the beginning, the gains and other gratifications that come from doing what you are cut out for would certainly come with time, that is in addition to the fulfilment you derive from doing what really matters and making a difference.
Then, the more you sharpen (develop) yourself to enable you fit into your niche more perfectly, the better and the more valuable you become such that you not only develop in your niche, but you are further empowered to offer greater value to more people at a higher level nationally or globally. This comes when you are patient, diligent, industrious, and you look at the big picture.
Most people usually consider the immediate picture and thus jump ships so frequently, moving from place to place without taking time to settle into one thing to explore the depth of it and see if that is where they are really called. By being thus shifty, they subject themselves to a lifetime of frustration and an unsettled spell.
You find peace and fulfilment by filling your own hole in your vocation, career, business, marriage, ministry and so on.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Today we will meditate on sources of business and career success.
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. – Proverbs 20:5
When seeking the roadmap to sustainable success and significance in your career or business, you should essentially look in three directions for resources that will help you accomplish your objectives:
LOOK UP: You should look up to God for the instructions and blueprint of what you are meant to do. Then the direction detailing how you are to go about it, when, where, how, with whom. You should also look for His favour in your endeavours, so that you don’t run in vain.
LOOK INWARD: the second place you look is inside yourself. You should do a written inventory of your strengths, your skills, your flairs, your talents and the gifts of God in you which have commercial value or potential you can trade in the marketplace. Finally, you should
LOOK OUT: for opportunities in the marketplace where the application of your endowments will prove both useful and profitable; look out for the appropriate environment or context where your skills can flourish or be best utilised. You should also look out for books and resources that can help you to grow or master your trade, as well as people who can be useful to you as mentors, coaches, strategic partners, service providers, amongst others.
These three steps are by no means exhaustive in accomplishing your business or career objectives. But they sure can start you on the right path if you adhere to them rightly and diligently.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Today we will consider the concluding part of our meditation on how to succeed, manifest and be free.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32
However, freedom, manifestation and success do not happen without some degrees of internal and external struggles. These restrictions usually come in form of limitations imposed by the self, others or the environment; and it is to the extent that you overcome them that you will be free, become and succeed. Here is a continuation of the three keys that will help you to be free, manifest or succeed:
2. Reach out: as you go out of your comfort zone to pursue your dreams and ideals, you also need to reach out to people and resources that will help you to achieve your objectives along the way. Fortune, most times, does not favour the taciturn. You need to identify the persons or association that can enhance you as a person as well as enable you to accomplish your aim, and then reach out to them. This is not limited to humans alone; as you are “going out” you will also encounter books, events and other resources that will be helpful to you. Reach out to them, subscribe to them, engage them and assimilate them.
3. Launch out: to the extent that you have gone out and reached out, you also need to launch out with the idea and initiative you have been nursing, or those that occur to you as you become. A popular maxim holds that “people will not celebrate you for your intentions, but your actions.” To succeed, you need to have a sizable action quotient per day. And the key to doing that is making every hour count. Input substance into your hours and you will have a productive day. Never let an hour pass by without a substantial investment of rigorous thinking or effort with short, medium or long-term yield in it. Even the chunk of time you take to rest or spend with your family constitutes a judicious investment of time that will produce positives. So, don’t think it’s all about working alone.
Dare the odds and discouragements to launch out and start that initiative and whatever it is that you have tucked in the recess of your mind for so long. Don’t fall victim of the paralysis that develops from over-analysis. You will never know all there is to know, have all you need to start, or have a panoramic view of all there is to see about the idea anyway. So start where you are. And instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the present time perfect.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
This is a story that teaches us some lessons about how to deal with discouragement at moments in our lives.
A man got dressed in the evening and set out on his way to God’s house. On his way to Church, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself up and headed home.
At home, he changed his clothes and was again on his way to Church. Again, he fell at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed off the dirt and headed home. At home, he once again changed his clothes and walked out heading to God’s house.
On his way, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked to know his identity and the man replied, “I saw you fall twice on your way, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.”
The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the Church. Once at the Church, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in, but he refused. He asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was negative. The first man then asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.
The man replied, “I am Satan.” The man was shocked at this reply.
Satan went on to explain, ”I saw you on your way to the Church and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the Church, God forgave all of your sins.
I made you fall a second time, and even that discouragement did not affect you; rather, you went back on your way to Church. Because of that, God forgave all the sins of the people of your household.
I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then God will forgive the sins of your nation, so I have to make sure you get to the Church safely.”
Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships and discouragement you encounter while trying to achieve that good. Your righteousness can save your family and a whole nation.
– Author Unknown
Meditation: For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. – Hebrews 12:3
You will succeed because Jesus loves You!