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Respond Well To COVID-19: Stand In The Present and Prepare For Your Future

During these times of uncertainty with COVID-19, it can be easy to be paralyzed with fear. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the myriad of opinions and facts in the news. It can be jarring when you go to the market and can’t find items for you home…

To make things worse, you don’t know what is true and what is not…which only makes you more afraid. Perhaps you are waiting and anxious to see what is going to happen and how it is going to affect the population, your business, and the broader economy. You have questions: Will I be safe? Will it be like another Italy? What about my job? Will my business survive?

I am not immune to these concerns but I do want to share something that works for me and will work for you: Instead of worrying about the future, I stand in the present and prepare for the future.

Note: If you are really struggling with fear to the point of panic, I want you to watch a video I recorded on standing in the truth. You can find it on my home page: http://www.richbeyondwealthsystem.com ( watch before March 17) or directly on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emuIKcIPvic

Instead of blaming life for what it gives you, concentrate your energy on making the best of whatever you have. A wise man once said to me: If life gives you manure, make sure you use it to fertilize the land and grow a farming business. It is another way of saying, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Another wise person said: It is not what happens to you that matters, it is what happens in you that matters. Most people survive what happens to them, but many never recover from what happens in them.

There are two things that can happen to you in this moment – fear or faith.

Fear will paralyze you with inaction, but faith will propel you to action.

I want you to choose faith.

Here are the faithful actions I want you to take to stand in the present and prepare for the future:

Stand In The Present:

  • Care: Take all the personal precautions that you can possibly take – practice social distancing (make sure people work from him if possible), sanitize surfaces you touch often, and wash your hands often. For the best information, go to http://www.cdc.gov
  • Communicate: Talk to the people that you lead and serve. Let them know that you care about them and also let them know of the precautions you are taking. Be authentic in your communication BUT make sure you keep them informed. Be honest if there are going to be delays in anything you promised
  • Compassion: The people you are leading and serving may be struggling. If it is in your power to help and add value, do it now. This will mean the world to them. For example, if you are a landlord, you may give additional time for payment or waive the late payment fee.

Prepare for the future:

  • Trim: It is time to take a look at what you are doing and trim away those things that are adding little value. Remember the Pareto Principle: Only 20% of your activities is generating 80% of the value. That means there is some fat that you can trim. Trim that fat the costs you the most and is not bringing much benefit.
  • Try: Times of trouble and uncertainty unwittingly become times of creativity and innovation. You have to do things that maybe you haven’t done before. So be creative and innovative. For example, if you are a brick and mortar business with no online presence, this is the time to start thinking of the possibility of an online presence. Okay, let me be clearer…you NEED to have on online presence for your business

Hope this has been helpful. And remember, this too shall pass!!!

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A Simple Code to Live By That Will Make You Successful In Anything

History tells of a man called Joshua who went from being a man of obscurity to a man of great success. He went from being a ‘bag carrier’ to a man who conquered numerous lands. He successfully resettled over 2 million people from living in a place of poverty to a place filled with prosperity. Not bad huh!

He did not achieve this feat by sheer luck or will power. He did not do it by working himself to the ground.

He did it by following by living by this simple sentence, which he tells us in his book

Do not allow inspired words slip by; churn them over in your mind until they get in your heart and they become a part of you; then do what they say once you truly understand them.

What you need to know is that Joshua was not the originator of this motto. He heard them from someone…before he became successful. The one who told him assured him that if he would become prosperous and successful if he lived by this code.

Since it worked for Joshua, I decided to live by this code and it has made a HUGE difference in my life. Here is how I have implemented the code

(1) I Read Inspired Books: Something happens when I read an inspired book. I am more upbeat, get new ideas, think creatively, and get clear and focused. The key for me is to read a high quantity of high quality books. I have found out that there are really nothing new under the sun…just things repackaged. If you want to move towards success in any area, you must move away from ignorance in that area.

(2) I Let The Books Inspire Change In Me: I not only read books, I let books read me. That just means I allow the books I read to inform me of what I am doing wrong. I don’t just read them and put them away. And I don’t just think of them once…I think of them until they become part of me. If you want to be successful, you shouldn’t just read for information, you should read for transformation.

(3) I do What I Learn: This part was the most difficult part for me. Before I could transition from knowing to doing, I had to get rid of my limiting beliefs and excuses. I was a professional excuse maker but it got me nowhere. So I had to get rid of ‘because’ and ‘but’. If you want to be successful, the you have to get your ‘but’ out of the way and JUST DO IT.

Thanks for reading. If you don’t know were to start, you can pick up some FREE resources on my website: http://www.richbeyondwealthsystem.com

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3 Simple Secrets On How Anyone Can Build Wealth and Live A Rich Life

Are you struggling financially? Do you run out of money before you run out of month? Are you filled with worry and anxiety about the future?

If this is you, I want you to listen. 2020 does NOT have to look like previous years. You don’t have to live a stressed out life. You don’t have to live a life of quiet desperation.

You CAN have a real life (not just work life) and have it more abundantly. You can have success in your finances, success with your family, and you can live in freedom.

Having success in the area of finances, family, and freedom is what I call 360 degree success. If you do not have 360 degree success, you will always feel that something is missing. Listen, having money alone does not make you a success and does not mean you are by any means rich.

You are rich ONLY if your success in the area of finance, family, and freedom?

Financially Rich Secret: To be financially rich, you have to turn from someone who chases wealth to someone who attracts wealth. To do that, you have to be a person who looks to solve other people problems. If you can help solve one problem that a lot of people have, you will be financially.

Give help and you will be given wealth

Family Rich Secret: To be rich in your family relationship simply requires that you look to serve by making sure their needs are met (spiritual, emotional, physical, etc). I am not saying you have to meet these needs (as it is too much to try to do this for everyone), I am saying you have to promote that environment.

Bonus: The one thing you can do be family rich is to seek peace and purse peace with people. It is better to live in peace than prove you are right and live in pieces.

Give peace and your family will prosper

Freedom Rich Secret: A lot of people live in psychological and emotional bondage. I don’t want this to be you! Bondage happens when you hold onto a lie, hold onto the past, hold onto a blueprint. To be free requires that you LET GO. To let go does not mean you are giving up, it just means you won’t allow the things that is holding you back control you any longer.

Let go and you will be let loose

If you are struggling to win in life, I want you to pick up my book, How Anyone Can Build Wealth and Live A Rich on Amazon. It will start you on your journey to recovery.

For reading this as soon as I posted and for reading until the end, I will do something really special for you. I will reward you by making the book available for $1 only on Tuesday 12:00 pm

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Set Your Child Up For Success in Life

It is better to prepare the child for the road, than to just prepare the road for the child – Anonymous

How do you prepare your children for the road of life? How do you teach them? What do you instill in to them.

The bible says that if you train up your child in the way they child should go, then your child will not depart from the training when he/she gets old (Prov. 22:6)

While it is right to say this means we need to train up our children to know God, it is incomplete to leave it to such a broad answer. There are details that are important for you to know; details that if you do not know and instill into your child may leave them handicapped on the road of life. Details that if you do not share will leave them unprepared for the road of life.

These details are throughout scripture. Perhaps it is most evident in the God’s public announcement of Jesus after He was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. After the baptism, God publicly and unashamedly pointed attention to Jesus as He affirmed Jesus’s identity (His Son) with affection (Beloved), and with no strings attached (in whom I am well-pleased is what God said though Jesus had not performed any miracle or fulfilled anything).

This is like parenting 101: Show your child attention, affirmation, and affection. Let them know through words and deed that your love for them is unconditional. This will instill into the security and confidence they need to face the challenges of life.

In 1 Chronicles 22, we are provided with a little more insight into the things that are critical for a child to know. This passage of scripture reveals what King David told His son, Solomon. It is interesting that of all of King’s David sons, Solomon stood out (see the picture that goes with this blog).

If you want your child to standout from the crowd and be successful, then you must share with them, the very things that David shared with Solomon

(1) Confirm Your Child’s Identity (1 Chronicles 22:9): David reminded his son, Solomon of the name given to him by God (for it was God that named him Solomon). Similarly, you have to remind your child of the name that God has given him or her. See, the world will call your child all sorts of names, and in so doing, try to alter their identity. You need to ensure that your child know the name God has given him or her so that they may be rooted in their identity. God calls His children beloved, pearls, treasures, desired, royalty, priests, blessed. You must remind your children that this is what they truly are.

(2) Affirm Your Child’s Purpose (1 Chronicles 22:10): David reminded his son that his purpose was to build the house of God, and by so doing, make his name famous among the countries (1 Chronicles 22:5). Likewise, you must remind your child of the life purpose. In Ephesians 2:10, our life purpose is termed as good works. That means our purpose (generally speaking) is to do good in this world. It is to add value to people and contribute to the good of this world. You must your child that they are force for good. Inspire them to aspire to great things to the glory of God. Be their champion. Let them know they were born to reign in life

(3) Speak Blessings Over Your Child (1 Chronicles 22:11): David blessed Solomon with his words. Likewise, you must bless your child with your words. This does not mean that you refuse to rebuke your child when they go awry. No! Even a rebuke can be a blessing. If you do not believe me, just go read Hebrews 12:11! When I say bless your child, ensure that your words are designed to have a loving and positive impact on your child. And specifically, you should speak blessings over them. And you should do this over and over again.

(4) Teach Your Child God’s Unfailing Principles (1 Chronicles 22:12-13): David reminded Solomon that the commands were there before he (David) was born, and the commands are going to be there after him. God’s commands and principles never change. Moreover, God’s commands and principles bring success when we follow them. Be sure to teach and remind your child of God’s unchanging and infallible principles.

(5) Sow into Your Child’s Future (1 Chronicles 22: 14): David gave Solomon a head start in life by preparing the material Solomon needed to fulfil his purpose. Similarly, we are to do what we can to ensure we give our children the best head start in life. What does that mean for you? Does it mean deciding to put away some money for their college fund? Does it mean investing in high quality tutoring? Does it mean letting them hang around your business so they can learn what you know? Whatever it is, start preparing for tomorrow today.

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Seize Today and Rule Tomorrow

I always thought lazy people do not work hard! But then I read this saying from King Solomon (arguably the wisest king that has ever lived): The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor – Proverbs 12:24

As I digested it, I could not help but notice the following: It seems that diligent people end up telling people what to do, and lazy people are the one’s that end up doing the work. Moreover, the work that lazy people find themselves doing is not easy but it is laborious (hard).

As I thought about this some more, I came to realize that hard work and laziness are not mutually exclusive. I came to realize that the diligent man is the one who commits to do what he needs to do at the right time to be successful. Conversely, the lazy man is one who does not do what he needs to do at the right time but procrastinates. As a result, the lazy man ends up working harder than what he ever bargained for, and the one who was committed ends up living a life of royalty.

Lazy people end up working harder than the diligent over time

Therefore, we see that timing is important. This is how my mom put it me when I was growing up: If you work hard now, you won’t have to work as hard tomorrow. But if you don’t work hard now, you will have to work much harder than you’d like tomorrow.

If you want to rule in life, you have to seize today. Take an inventory of how you spend your time, energy, and resources. Do you spend your time daydreaming or do you spend it thinking of your dreams? Do you spend your energy people pleasing or do you spend your energy pursuing purpose? Do you spend your resources on frivolous pursuits or do you spend your money on assets that will dividend for your future? Only you know the honest answers to these questions.

Do the right things at the right time, and you will end up having more time to do what you feel is right

Now, consider that this concept is not simply true for finances, but true for every area of our lives. Any area in which you are lazy atrophies and dies, but the area in which you are diligent grows and thrives. Think about relationships. If you don’t work on your relationship today, you will have to work so much harder to save it tomorrow, or work so much harder for much longer at your job just to make the alimony payments. Think about health. If you don’t work on being healthy today, your health will work on your wallet and become a burden to other people tomorrow.

Therefore, sow the seed of diligence today. Do not slack off in any area of life. Seize today and be the very best you can be. Then you will find that life rewards you instead of ripping you off.

Exercise: Think of an area of your life where you know you have slacked off. What are the joys waiting for you tomorrow if you committed yourself to strengthening that area today? Write down what you will do different starting right now. Then like Nike, Just Do It!

If you don’t rule your life today, life will rule you tomorrow

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Abraham’s Blessings – Qualify To Live The Blesssed Life

God told Abraham to move away from Mesopotamia and away from his relatives (Acts 7:3). What did Abraham do? Absolutely nothing! Like many of us, he disregarded God’s word. He did this for a good worldly (not godly) reason. He did not want to be away from his family! But the problem is this: In doing so, he chose his family ahead of God. He chose temporary home security over permanent godly significance!

If we want to qualify for Abraham’s blessings, we will have to choose God above family

When he did finally move away from Mesopotamia, it was not because he wished to do so. It was because his father (Terah) decided it was time to move away (Genesis 11:31).

Abraham respected and loved Terah. So, he delayed obeying the voice of God until Terah passed away.  This is why Abraham is believed to be about 75 years old until he finally made the move to his land of promise.

We must position ourselves in the right place to be eligible for Abraham’s blessings

What if Abraham had decided to obey when the glory of God first appeared to him so many years ago? Would he have lived the blessed life sooner?

We are just like Abraham aren’t we?. We want God to speak to us. Then He speaks to us and we still do what we want to do. Then we wonder why we the blessings God promised us are delayed! Only difference is this: While we tend to blame God, Abraham did not. He knew that the only way to receive the blessings was to walk in obedience.

We cannot pray our way to receiving the blessings of Abraham, we can only obey our way to it

Now, even when Abraham obeyed God when his father died., he did not fully obey. He left his family behind except for his cousin (Lot) whom he took with him – a disobedience to God’s command of leaving his relatives behind.

Here is the impact that act of disobedience had: When Lot was with Abraham, God promised Canaan to His descendants (Genesis 12:7). Only when Lot and Abraham separated did God say to Abraham that he and his descendants would inherit Canaan (Genesis 13:14-15).

See, Abraham himself was not included in the inheritance until he obeyed God completely. Until then, only his descendants were included!

Partial obedience may still qualify your descendants for the blessing BUT only complete obedience qualifies you for the blessing

God does not just desire for our descendants to enjoy the blessed life, He desires for us to enjoy the blessed life. While it is great for us to work so our children enjoy the fruit of our labor, it is greater that we enjoy the fruit of our labor with our children. Such is the beauty of Abraham’s blessings.

In conclusion, if we desire to qualify to live the blessed life, then we must listen to God, put nothing above Him, and obey Him completely.

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The Keys to Achieving 360 Degree Success In Life

I live in north Houston in a community that seems perfect on paper. If you were to drive through this township, you would think everyone lived perfect lives. Yet the lay ministers and leaders in the churches know better. I am one of those ministry leaders. While many in this community have achieved what many would consider external success, many of these people are internally broken.

If success is broken up into two parts – internal and external success – then most of the people I serve are only experiencing 180 degrees of success.

This is not God’s best. In the bible, we are told that God blessed Abraham in ALL things (Genesis 24:1). This speaks to 360 degree success. Another author is the bible declares that above all things, he wishes that we prosper in ALL things (3 John 2).

Therefore, we know that God’s best is that we experience 360 degree success! The question is how?

How to Achieve Internal Success

Internal success can be defined as experiencing inner peace, love, joy, and rest, deep within our soul. This type of success cannot be earned by working harder. It is a result of growing our intimacy with God. Without genuine living faith in God, we find ourselves overwhelmed with fear, worry, anxiety, insecurity, and restlessness. These are the very things that ruin our personal relationships and disrupt all areas of our lives if we do not get a handle on them. How do we get a handle on them? Deepen our relationship with God for he is the author of peace, love, joy, and rest.

To experience internal success requires that we take what Jesus considers the greatest commandment seriously: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37).

How to Achieve External Success

External success is defined as success that is earned through our own initiative. Said another way, this type of success is up to us. It requires working hard, persevering, discipline, and so forth. But here is the reality. Doing the things mentioned above does not automatically guarantee external success.

To be successful requires two things: First, you have to operate within the sphere of your gifting (the one thing that you are uniquely created, skilled and have an innate ability to do). Second, you have to use your gifting to help solve people’s problems.

Therefore, the first question you should ask yourself if you want to experience external success is this: What problems are people experiencing in my community that I am able to solve?

This is where love comes in. By its very nature, love always seeks to solve a problem because it cares so much! In fact, those who love people are always looking to solve people’s problems – to make people’s lives easier, to take away their burden, to make people’s lives better. Therefore, we see that love is creative, committed, perseveres, works hard, takes initiative, and so forth by its very nature. This is why Jesus considers loving your neighbor as yourself the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39)

 Food for Thought: Paying attention to the two greatest commandments will create 360 degree success. This will in turn make you a powerful influencer for good in your community

 

Two Greatest Commandments

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

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4 Ways to Improve the Trajectory of Your Life

The bible talks about a guy called Peter who went from living a mundane and predictable life to being transformed into a guy that changed the course of history. His life went from being virtually meaningless to vitally important all within the course of three years.

If you do not like where you are in life and desire for a change in trajectory, then you need to know the four things that changed the course of Peter’s life.

Take the Opportunities That Life Gives You

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him – Matthew 4:18-20

If Peter had not heeded Jesus’ words, he would have stayed a local fisherman. He wouldn’t have become one of the twelve disciples and he wouldn’t have become the father of the early church. Not that there is anything wrong with being a fisherman, but the point is he was called to do more, be more, and achieve more. When the call came, he did not hesitate! He immediately left what he was doing and jumped at the opportunity.

All that is required for you to change the course of your life is one wise decision in one fateful moment

It is not often that life presents trajectory changing opportunities. In fact, you may only get one opportunity in your life time. When that moment comes, do not let it walk away thinking you will get another chance, for you may not! And do not let your fear interfere! Seize the moment! Do not be afraid to drop the good thing that you have today so that you may take hold of a better thing tomorrow.

Changing the trajectory of your life will require you to get out of your comfort zone

Focus on People, Not on Things

The first time Jesus met Peter, he told him how he could change the trajectory of his life. Jesus told him that he would teach him to fish for people. Though Peter knew how to catch fish, he did not know how to catch people.

In school, we are taught how to catch things but we are not necessarily taught how to catch people. If you want to change the trajectory of your life, you will have to learn to catch people’s attention. You will have to learn to influence them and get them to notice you.

The best way to catch people’s attention is to help them solve a problem. The more problems you can solve, the more attention you will receive from people. Now, there are lots of problems out there just waiting to be solved – medical, financial, mental, relational etc. You don’t have to try to solve them all. Just choose one problem and do the best you can to solve that problem on a large scale.

This is in essence what Jesus was telling Peter: I will show you how to solve people’s problems and in doing that, men will be drawn to you.

Find a Good Mentor to Guide You

Jesus was Peter’s mentor. Peter stayed with him for three years. In those three years, he taught him what he knew (John 15:15). Then after he departed from Peter, he introduced him to another mentor that would lead him and guide him (Holy Spirit).

A good mentor is so secure in himself that he will teach you all that he knows and is not afraid to introduce you to another great mentor

An interesting thing about the other mentor Jesus introduced Peter to is that this particular mentor would never leave Peter. That is to say this: No matter how clever you are; no matter how accomplished you are; you can never outgrow needing a mentor in your life.

If you do not have a mentor, it is time for you to get one. Grow from their expertise; learn from their experience; gain from their influence.

Asking or admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of wisdom

Resist the Urge to Go Back When Times Get Hard

“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So, they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing – John 21:3

In this period of Peter’s life, he was crest-fallen that he no longer had Jesus as a mentor. He felt that the investment he had made over the last three years had led to nothing. So, he decided to go back to fishing – the first thing he was doing before Jesus called him to greatness. And he was not the only one. Others felt the same way he did and they followed suit. What happened? They caught nothing!

There will be times when you feel that you have simply wasted your time. There will be times when you ask yourself if you made the right decision. In these times, you may want to go back to the safe and secure world that you left behind. If you decide to go this route, know that it will leave you empty.

To make sure you do not go back, make sure you get rid of any plan B. This is exactly what Cortez did when he landed in the Americas. He burned the ships they took from Europe! He got rid of plan B.

By the way, Jesus ended up showing up again to help Peter and the others course-correct. And Peter ended up fulfilling the call he had on his life. Make sure you keep people in your life who will pull you up when you are down in the dumps.

If you do not quit, you will fulfil the great plan and purpose for your life

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How to Stand Out from The Crowd, Get Noticed, and Get Doors to Open

Do you have a desire to stand out from the crowd, get noticed, and get doors to open for you? If so, the first thing you need to do is make sure your work is meaningful to you.  When your work has meaning to you, you will tend to dedicate more time, energy, and resources to it. It will seem less like work and more like play. Meaningful work gives us lots of energy, passion, determination, and drive. It is the antidote to the lethargy, listlessness, and procrastination that comes with doing something you find meaningless and insignificant to you.

Meaningful work produces the consistent hard work that is required for you to stand out, get noticed, and get doors to open for you. 

If you cannot attach a significant meaning to what you are doing day in day out, then maybe you are not doing what you have been born to do, but doing what you feel you must do.

Nurture Your Gifts & Talent

A mans gift opens doors for him, and brings him before great men – Proverbs 18:16

Our talent is something we were born to do; our training is something we were taught to do. While whatever we are taught to do can help us achieve success, only by doing what we were born to do will we achieve fulfillment along with success. Note: Achievement – Fulfillment = Emptiness!

Another reason to choose talent over training is this: A nurtured and practiced talent will always outshine a nurtured and practiced training.

Nurturing your talent takes you beyond the ordinary and propels you into the realm of the extraordinary. Therefore, do not neglect your talent for the sake of nurturing your training. Your gift is a great door opener to bring you before the great men in this world. Stir it up!

Deepen Your Relationship with God

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region – Luke 4:14

After Jesus was empowered by the Spirit, He was able to do some incredibly amazing things. He was able to achieve feats that had not been done before. As a result, news of him spread quickly and so did his fame.

Therefore, a way to stand out, get noticed, and get doors to open for you is to do something that has never been done or has seldom been done before. Though this may not be possible in your own power, there is nothing you cannot do if you rely on the ability of God. This is exactly what Noah did when God asked him to build a boat. Having never built a boat before, he had to rely on divine instruction. Therefore, in all your hard work and striving to stand out, get noticed, and to get doors to open, do not forget to work hard on your relationship with God!

Achieving the impossible is possible when we listen and obey Him for whom nothing is impossible.

Nourish Your Relationship with Others

But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in – John 18:16

Sometimes, the only way you can get through a door is by knowing the right person. Therefore, do not be afraid to expand your network and develop relationships. It is interesting, that the other disciple of Jesus cultivated a relationship with the high priest, a man who disliked Jesus. This disciple seemed to be able to get along fine with just everyone and so had an expansive network.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, get noticed, and get doors to open, then you must be a likeable person. When you are liked, you’ll find that people will afford you liberties, luxuries, and passes that they not extend to other people. In other words, you get advantages that other people do not get, and doors that may have otherwise remained closed suddenly swing open.

Your luck increases as more people like you. 

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How Can I Get Doors of Opportunity to Open for Me?

Called and Chosen to Execute – Bezalel

For a minute imagine that you are an architect. What a great honor it would be if the pope asked you to build the next great cathedral or the Queen of England asked you to build her a castle! It would not only be a great honor but it would the opportunity of a lifetime. Your name would be immediately stamped in history and people would read about you and get to know your works long after you were gone. Moreover, you would not have to worry about finding work anymore, and financial worries would be a thing of the past.

This is exactly what happened to Bezalel. Once day, Moses called out to him and told him that God had selected him to build His (God’s) house.

I bet the other skilled architects must have wondered within themselves, why Bezalel and not us; we are just as highly skilled as he is! Not finding a suitable answer to this question, it would not surprise me if many of them simply put it down to luck. But luck had nothing to do with it.

Luck hardly ever has anything to do with being chosen. What may look like luck is usually the hand of God in action.

I reckon many of them were called to be great architects. I would wager that many were filled with the spirit of wisdom, ability, knowledge, understanding, and intelligence in all works of craftsmanship. Yet, only one was called by name (chosen).

If you have been filled with the Spirit of God, then you have been filled with the spirit of wisdom, ability, knowledge, understanding, and intelligence to prosper you in everything you do. It means you have the ability to be called by name just as Bezalel was called by name. Even so, to be chosen you must not just have the ability of Bezalel but you must have the character of Bezalel.

To have ability is to have potential; to be chosen to fulfill potential requires character

Bezalel’s Character

Honesty and Integrity: Large sums of gold, silver, bronze, and clothing were required to build God’s house. Bezalel knew how much of each material was needed to build the house to specifications based on his skill. When the people started to bring more material than was required, he promptly told Moses to tell the people to stop the collection (Exodus 36:5-7).

Bezalel could have stashed away some of the superfluous material for himself. He could have colluded with the other artisans to make a profit. But he did not do this. He did not allow his eyes to become greedy nor did he covet the gold and silver. His thinking did not become selfish. He did not say: what am I getting paid to do this work? He did not convince himself that it was his right to take of some of the collected material. He did not want to defraud the people of their belongings by continuing to collect unneeded supplies.

Would you have done the same if you were Bezalel?

Patience  and Obedience: Moses looked at the work Bezalel did and saw that he had done it just as God commanded, therefore Moses blessed him (Exodus 39:43). Since we know that the children came to the wilderness of Sinai in the 3rd month after the start of the journey out of Egypt (Exodus 19:1) but the tabernacle was not raised until the 2nd year of the exodus (Exodus 40:17), we see that it took a while for Bezalel to be paid for his work. He did not know he was to be paid and was only paid after the work was completed. Thus the honor of doing the work in obedience to the will of God was enough for him.

Can you say the same? Are you focused on what you have been called to do or are you focused on the blessing?

Moreover, he did not doubt the instruction that Moses gave him. He could have said to himself, I know a better way to do this work, let me change this and change that. No! He let God be God, forgot about his own opinion, and did exactly what God commanded through Moses. He would have missed out on his blessing if he had not obeyed without adding or subtracting a thing.

Is this you or do you mix your own way with God’s way?

Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it – Deuteronomy 12:32

Good Steward: Moses only saw what Bezalel made when he brought it to him (Exodus 39:43). Thus the only way Moses knew how much gold and silver was used (Exodus 38:25) is because Bezalel was a good steward of all materials used. Bezalel was an overseer of the work that was being done and ensured that nothing was wasted.

Are you a good steward of everything God as given you? Are you a good steward over your time and resource? Are you disciplined enough in your stewardship?

The way we answer these questions will ultimately determine whether we reach our full potential or if our lives will be summed up by could have, should have, and would have!

Food for Thought: Dedicate yourself to honesty, integrity, patience, unwavering obedience to God, and good stewardship and you will see great doors of opportunity swing wide open for you.

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