Few weeks ago, I returned home from my friend’s house to discover that our power supply had been disconnected. What this meant was that, until the issue was resolved which would require the cooperation of several other occupants, I would have to power light with a generator. Interestingly, this happened just a week after I got to the store where I usually purchased my groceries and discovered that my budget could not fund the same basic necessities I had purchased the previous month. The margin was pretty wide and very scary. I’m like, ‘Is this how prices of goods just develop wings in a few weeks? Even birds don’t grow this fast!
When the power issue persisted, I comforted myself with the fact that I’d tried to power my gadgets at work. A couple of weeks later, I got to work and there was no electricity. No diesel to power the generator in the office. The power holding company (a.k.a NEPA) also cut off supply for reasons that I think didn’t make sense.
To say the month of June came loaded with packs of discouragement is an understatement. There were piles of work on my laptop and I was tempted to slip into inertia. But then I knew I had to sustain hope. I had to keep pressing forward inspite of the odds.
I can smell it too….all around me. There’s so much discouragement in the air, particularly in the country where I live. It’s either people are talking about the bad government, terrible economy, the inflation of prices or the desperation to ‘japa’ There’s the frustration of poor health care for sick folks.
A four year course in a public university is running into 5, 6, 7 years because students have been forced to stay at home. These days, calls from relatives are left unanswered. This has nothing to do with being stingy. There is just no cash available yet.
Aged parents are wailing, angry at their kids, some of whom they paid through their nostrils to get into good schools and now… they ask, ‘Can’t you take care of us?’
Have you seen the crazy things some annoying loan app owners are doing?
I believe there is hope, and while we might not fully see our desires come to pass yet, there are wisdom principles we can draw from. I’d love to share five of them.
- One stream of Income is not sufficient anymore
I remember my coach saying emphatically that she has eleven active streams of income.
Did you hear that?
Understanding that we have the ability to diversify and create multiple streams is the first step to financial freedom. Many of us are actually sitting on gold mines. Rather than always depend on miraculous interventions where we wait for God to send ‘ravens’ bearing food to you, can you begin to ask God to open your eyes to other areas of wealth? Can you spend time seeking the wisdom of Spirit for extraordinary creative ideas? Your ravens can be the works of your hands. I’m referring to the platforms, skills and ideas God can place in your heart. Complaining about the situation of the country will only keep you despondent.
As we pray for miracles, can we also ask for creative ideas? I believe in the supernatural. I believe in the leading of the Spirit. I believe that I do not have to jump all around, hustling, putting my hands on every venture. I believe that by the Spirit, I can accurately uncover the deposits assigned to my name and know the right places to invest my time and money.
- Learning sustains hope
‘Learning sustains hope’ are words by Debola Deji-Kurunmi (DDK). As important as money is, it cannot be your driving force. There is something bigger. It is called purpose. As you discover what you’ve been born to do on the earth and you build a learning curve around it, you’ll be opening yourself up to enormous wealth and satisfaction.
Let me repeat this: Learning sustains hope.
I’m certain that by now, you would have discovered that binge-watching comedy skits and spending several hours on Instagram hoping to feel better will only give temporary relief.
What is God saying about this season of your life? What’s your vision for life? How are you actively learning about yourself, your giftings and your potentials? Is your mind fixated on merely surviving? What’s your daily routine like?
We reap what we sow. As frustrating as the environment might be, the responsibility for a change is in your hands. You can’t spend the day, swimming with the tides, making no plans for the future and still complain about the economy. You are the problem, not the economy. There is the place of forceful resistance. A place where you keep positive energy by interacting with a growth plan and staying with it. Proverbs 24 verse 30-34 is how God will be looking at you when you weep and complain while your field is overgrown with thorns.
- End that entitlement mentality.
You solicited for support from your friends and now you are angry and bitter because they couldn’t help you. Remind yourself that they don’t owe you anything and trust God to supply the support you need.
Are you so depressed because you were going through a season and the people you thought would be there for you didn’t show up? Be like Paul. Remember his words in 2 Timothy 4 verse 16 and 17? You might want to check that out.
Also, some persons might need to be delivered from ‘what will people say?’ attitude. Getting into debt to look good to people will only keep you frustrated. You have ten relatives dragging you left, right and centre, yet you can barely feed your family. With your ‘full chest’, say, ‘I don’t have any money to give you yet.’ The worse they’ll do is insult you and get upset. Don’t give these loan app owners a reason to become a nuisance to those on your contact lists, embarrassing your lineage without shame.
Here’s the reason no 1 is important. With multiple incomes, you’ll be able to save yourself from embarrassment and be a blessing to others. This is sweeter, don’t you think so?
- Learn to adapt
When that power supply wahala started and it was increasingly difficult to fuel my generator for a length of time, I sat down to think about other alternatives. How do I make my work faster within the limit of my financial capability?
I got an idea. I pulled out my hard cover notes and decided I was going to write my first draft on paper. This was not the first time I’ll do something like this. When I didn’t have a laptop, I wrote a full story in the Reunion, my first book, in a 60 leaves notebook. With the first draft completed, I could easily edit my work on my laptop within the time frame it could be powered.
There is always a way out.
I’ve had to transfer my script for my podcast from my laptop to my phone and edit on my phone. It was quite a difficult process but it was not impossible.
If you will think deeply, you will discover that somehow, there is a way out of that situation. It might not be convenient but you can still press through.
I remember a protégé who had to run her undergraduate project using a mobile phone. Her laptop was faulty and she had no other choice. Complaints do not change anything. The question should always be, ‘What can we do in this situation? What can we try out?’ Things are not going well, how can I survive this season?’
Asking questions opens you up to potential possibilities.
- No difficult phase will last without your permission.
Phases of financial instability, emotional pains and trials of whatever sort will come to an end. Will you trust that things will get better for you? The harvest of your labour is coming. Keep your dreams alive and stay affirming the things you want to see.
God is ever faithful. He always takes care of his own. The joy is that we have the supernatural advantage and whatever God’s word says is true. As you discover what God seeks to do with you per time and you stay in your process of growth, in a matter of time, you’ll find stability. We are not controlled by the economy of the world. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
Can I encourage you with this scripture?
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the rivers and shall not see where the heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7, 8
Did any of the key points strike your heart? Would you mind sharing with me in the comment section?
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