You can’t foot the bill – because you aren’t meant to!


I have observed that many times, when God inspires people with an idea for a life-defining project, or presents opportunities to gain knowledge and training in peculiar crafts, career or ministry, many people short-change themselves with the questions their minds ask. Even me, 8 out of 10 times, my mind fixates on the price tag, especially when I know I can’t afford it. I ask, “How much does it cost?” That becomes my excuse not to pursue my highest. 

When God presents you with similar opportunities, do you embrace it in spite of the cost?

Consider this: how much does a butler earn? Surely not enough to fund a city-wide project. Yes, you got it – Nehemiah couldn’t have funded the budget for the Jerusalem wall. Surely, Moses didn’t have some huge savings to build the tabernacle. In fact, they were never meant to. They simply said yes and watched God do his thing.

Whenever God inspires you with an idea, he never means for you to foot the bill. The one that gives the vision will make provision: what you need for the vision.

Seriously, you can’t foot the bill – because you aren’t meant to! Stop worrying about Gods prerogative.

I’d like to challenge you to ask, “How much is it worth?” rather than “How much does it cost.” Instead of ” Can I afford this?” Ask “Can I afford not to do this?”

Can you afford not to listen to God? Can you afford not to live a purposeful life? Can you afford not to make impact? Do you want to miss out on the joy of divine duty?

Truth is, God has positioned helpers on your path. But they are not in the open. They are hiding and waiting for you to decide to take on the task before they show up. They want you to say, “yes, this training or conference or class is worth much more than it costs. I can’t afford it, but I will get it.” 

The long and lonely journey to the cross cost Jesus a lot for a while. It wasn’t easy, but it was wort it. His life shows is that he asked, “how much is it worth?” 

I keep receiving calls from youth ministers from Nigeria and abroad requesting copies of Donut, and I wonder – what if I looked at the publishing cost and didn’t go ahead in 2014? I knew I couldn’t afford the N350,000 price tag but (thank God!) I did move ahead and there was my dad who agreed to take installments (there’s someone positioned closer than you think!) and the people who believed (after I did) in the vision (they showed up from the hiding places! LOL!). We did it and produced 2000 copies we distributed free! There’s more coming!

The difference between action (excellence) and excuse (mediocrity) is the question you ask, and here is it- “how much it is worth?”

Like I said some weeks earlier, only the shortsighted celebrate potential. In my opinion, only the ones who invest potential with grit to produce bountiful results ought to be celebrated.

So like Joshua Son of Nun, Get courageous! Change your question. Change your life and our world. 

To the Happy New Week,

Toluwanimi

P.S.: Maybe you think you may trust God and still end up flat on your face. Maybe that’s a valid point. Maybe it’s happened to you before… Well, here’s the thing- try again and do it right this time by making sure God is involved. Moreover, you’ll never know until you try!

Milestone update

Hello.

Recently, as I checked through a project-funding website, I observed that the highest funding was available for people who wanted to do any stuff other than Christian projects.

Here is a sample of my findings from the website’s homepage: I will keep the details covert, but this is a real! [Donation in dollars]

  • A Phone mount [more like a phone holder] project got 253 backers and a 4 digit monetary donation
  • A movie theatre project got 53 backers and a 5 digit donation.
  • A geographical magazine project got 1467 backers and a 5 digit monetary goal.
  • A music album project got 807 backers and 5 digit support.
  • A video game got 18,520 backers and got an outstanding 6 digit funding!
  • A gospel book project got 9 backers and a 3 digit donation – less than the budgeted cost.
  • Even an art book whose budget was originally 4 digit got a 5 digit monetary support. I couldn’t stay too long on the page because the pictures were of semi-nude females. What an art book – but people loved it and supported it!

[tip – 6 digit support is like 600,000 dollars]

I discovered that more people supported projects that had to do with things that appeal to the natural everyday life, like phone jackets, music album, cinema, leisure, food and business.

Only very few had it in mind to back up the Gospel’s Propagation. Maybe they postponed it or were sceptical of authenticity. Or maybe the gospel didn’t provide an instant gratification. Or what?

I flipped through the succeeding pages of the website and other categories of project, thinking I would get better results, but before long, I discovered the best way to spot anything that had to do with Christ was to check the least funded and least backed project – I found one with as many as only 4 backers.

I wish it wasn’t true, but it is strikingly true.

I know, this is not a surprising discovery, but it’s sad. I’ve been involved in fund raising for programmes before. The top notch companies prefer to heavily support dance programmes, night clubs, and parties; but educative magazines, gospel events and charity causes receive little attention. Some proposals never go beyond the receptionist.

“But why is this,” I thought.

I could not get an answer other than ‘these people know what they cherish and they support it’. And for that, I do not blame them. You really do not expect an organization that does not believe in God or does not care about spirituality to support a crusade or a gospel event.

But here comes my point: what are the Christians doing? The Christians that the Lord has blessed with this resources, where are they?

Even churches prefer to embark on a business project, a bus purchase or a school rather than give to missions [yes! a church]. People pay to use buses for events. Students pay school fees, you know. There is a return for the investment. A visible return.

But in missions, there is a reward that far outweighs the transient one we so much reach for. But it’s invisible. You don’t get to see the joy in the boy who goes to school because you paid his school fees. You don’t get to see that one teenage pregnancy that was avoided by getting a free book on God’s gospel of hope to that little girl. You don’t get to see the exponential effect of the many silent services we render to God. But they are all recorded in heaven.

Anyway, this is the thought that crossed my mind as I wrote this piece. It gnaws at my heart, tugs me daily and says to me: when do we begin to support the Lord’s cause so His work be done.

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Cheers,

Toluwanimi