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!

Journey

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The gleam of trophies past paled
Before the arduous journey ahead
I was eager to pack and leave
The comfort zone and walk the glory road
 
Hearing the tales of fallen heroes
Could have discouraged me
Who by vicissitudes many,
Dashed lofty dreams over reality rocks
 
Behind me, the conquered terrain
Before me, endless possibilities
There’s no plan, no guarantees,
Only a promise and a muse I hold
 
I thirst and hunger
Dusty sandals, thinning victuals
Empty water bottles and lonesome nights
I will trek on nonetheless
 
I see a fountain ahead
At a refreshing milestone
I will not be confounded
For I bear the divine power
 
As I trek towards the sunset
I will remember the One
Walking alongside, leading on
To the place of glory
 
I will not settle for less
I will not be sucked into the vortex
My path is ordered by God
And I will reach my goal

Treasure from unfamiliar terrain

I buy and read books a lot and I do not patronize badly made books – I believe if your message is worth sharing, you should package it well.

So when I check out books at my favourite Scripture Union Bookshop, I check the beauty of the book besides the title and author.

Concerning the author, I usually search and readily buy books from my favourite known authors like Kenneth Hagin, Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and the likes, but I have recently begun to have a taste for relatively new or unfamiliar authors.

Most people are like me – we want to be safe from lies in books – so we stick to the road we have often travelled before.

But I tried picking some unfamiliar author’s books recently and I have been more than pleased.

One of them is Craig Groeschel, pastor of Houston based Life Church.tv.

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I don’t know how long he has been writing or a Pastor, but I do not know him, at least before 2012.

But I picked up one of his books last year: fell in love with the cover design and plastic packaging more than the unfamiliar title – CHAZOWN. Sounded initially like a cult word but I discovered it is Hebrew for vision, and it’s what God had in mind for man when we were created. Each of us is a masterpiece, placed on earth for a unique purpose that’s solely ours to fulfill.

And I have never been the same ever since – it got me thinking, praying and making some decisions about God’s purpose for my life – and I am thankful.

Let me share with you on of the Lessons from the Book CHAZOWN by Craig Groeschel

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE, HE HAS A VISION FOR ME TO ACCOMPLISH AND ONLY THAT CAN GIVE ME JOY.

Isaiah 46:10: Declaring the end from the beginning…(KJV)

Psa. 139:16 – But with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do (CEV).

 God not only knows, but also declares the end from the beginning. Jeremiah makes me know that God knew me before He formed me. All my days are written in God’s book: there is something for each day, and there is an end to all these, a central purpose to which all these culminate.

So I know that God really wants to declare to me my life’s vision.

Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no VISION (CHAZOWN), the people perish (people focus on other things that will be detrimental to their faith).

Knowing God’s vision for my life will give me focus. It will help me to say no to the things that I’m not supposed to do. It helps me to say no to the good things and say yes to the great things.

It gives endurance and peace, and endurance, because I am living with the End in Mind, knowing that I’m making the proper turns at the proper times.

Deuteronomy 29:29: GOD, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. (MESSAGE)

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When God reveals His vision for your life, he works in you first and then works through you to achieve that purpose.

If you can pick it up, it’s a nice read: it will at least get you thinking about your life.

GOD BLESS,

Toluwanimi

PLEASE PARTICIPATE: Which unfamiliar author has caught your attention in recent times?