A couple weeks ago, just before going to sleep, I was complaining to my wife about the seeming never-ending-increase in what it costs to fully provide for our household. The dog needed vaccination. The growing kids keep needing new clothes. My son goes through shoes as if he was wearing cheese. Braces. School fees. Dance fees. Doctor visits…
I am way more relaxed than a couple years ago. This will be ok. I was just expressing frustration at the conflict going on between my desire for more surplus and the reality of what was in my bank account at the end of the year.
My wife simply offered a solution…
“What if you took on a couple more advisory clients? That would easily take care of it.”
I blew off the suggestion. Did I really want to work more?
She followed up with, “So what you are saying is that [a mentor of mine] is more interested in our financial future than you are.”
[This mentor had been suggesting intentionally taking on advisory clients for a couple of years.]
I wisely suggested that we shelve the conversation til the next day (I have learned that 10pm is never a good time to start a ‘discussion’).
Needless to say, the owie question got me thinking…
Why hadn’t I pursued this opportunity for the last two years?
I had some good reasons…. um… excuses.
“I was focussing all my attention on building Heaven in Business Online…”
“I was already doing some advisory services… just not being paid…”
“I felt hesitant about promoting myself…”
Ah, what’s behind that?
“I don’t feel confident in my ability to genuinely add value…”
It’s easy to have someone approach me and ask for my advisory services. That is simply leaning on their belief in me.
It’s another thing for me to promote myself. That would require me to believe in myself!
Dang. Ive got some self-limiting beliefs going on!
But what if I go deeper? What’s really behind my lack of pursuit for what I believe God has called me to and that which I am actually really good at?
I paused as I journalled and suddenly heard a thought (it was probably God).
“Do I really have permission to prosper?”
OMG! Where did that come from?
Without realizing it I (still) had some wrong ideas about God and prosperity and abundance that were directly affecting my financial wellbeing. As a result I started recognizing where I had deferred or passed on opportunities God had sent me. I was self-sabotaging my family wellbeing.
So how’s that working for you? What are you going to do?
I don’t just have permission to prosper; I have a mandate to multiply (see Genesis 1:28).
Also, I just happen to have received the draft copy of a book about to be published by Ray Edwards. It’s called…. Permission to Prosper!
So what am I going to do?
Repent from limiting thinking. Change my thinking to what God’s thinking is around the wellbeing of my family and His prosperity.
Read up on what the bible says about prosperity. It’s amazing how much bad teaching there is. You have to go back to the original source.
I have been passive, waiting on God to do something that He has empowered me to do. I have been thinking about miracles and feeding the 5,000 rather than focussing on what is already in my hand, regardless of how small it may seem (see Matthew 14:15-21).
I have more than enough to focus now on that I have avoided, deferred or ignored. It’s time to do it.
What about you? What will you do as a result of reading this?
We are launching Heaven in Business advisory services. I will be one of the team. We will post more about that shortly. In the meantime I made myself accountable to Ray and here’s what he said about the value of what I contributed to his team. Perhaps it’s time for me to act!
(P.S. If you want to be first in line to know more about this new service, register your interest by emailing Steve@HeaveninBusiness.com. Simply put “Advisory Services” in the subject line.)
He has worked for a national consultancy firm and leading financial institution as well as investing in international community development. Andy is the director of Heaven in Business and together with his wife, Janine, leads Dream Culture – a movement catalyzing people to discover and live their dreams.
Andy and Janine live with their four children in Redding, CA.