I’ve really been fretting recently about my cash flow situation. The kind of fretting that leads to nightmare scenarios of dying old and broke, with cats eating your face off (disturbing imagery I know!) Cash flow issues are the bane of every business at some level, but it seems particularly daunting as a start up. Irregular gigs and late payers (holler if you feel me). Anyhoo, I read something recently and it made me wonder: am I spending so much time worrying about what I might need in the future, that I’m missing out on what’s right underneath my nose? What Pastor Joel Osteen said was “...God has given you exactly what you need, for the season that you’re in...” I read it and re-read it- just to check that I hadn’t missed a reference to millionaires or at least the comfortably well off! My first thought was “no I don’t”, with “what does he know about needs? I bet he’s very comfortable” hot on its heels. Once I climbed down off my high horse though, I started to think about his statement more deeply. And I have to say that I think he has a point.
In all my fretting and worrying, it’s all about projecting into the future. The loop in my head that says “you’ve got bills coming up, how are you going to pay them?” However, when I stop with the crazy lady thoughts and focus on the here and now, I absolutely do have enough for today. Because let’s face it, although there are bills coming up in the future, who knows what gigs might come up before then. That’s the joy and pain of being self employed, gigs can and do come up at anytime. Not so great for the blood pressure, but definitely great for keeping you on your toes! The point to remember is that for the ‘now’ time, I have all the resources I need, be they skills, talents, friends or even money.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not advocating not thinking about the future. What I am saying is don’t drive yourself mad today, over something that’s coming up next week, next month or even next year. And that’s my second point: What you have now is not all that you will ever have. If you need more, God will make sure that you have what you need. When I get sucked into the ‘worry whirlpool’, I make a conscious effort to remind myself of all the times, when I needed help and it arrived in the nick of time. It helps to remind me that God is in the business of always coming through. It may be later than you think it should be, but it always arrives.
Finally, Pastor Joel’s statement reminded me of the importance of knowing the difference between a ‘want’ and a ‘need’. I’d love nothing more than a weekly manicure & pedicure and a monthly facial (shallow I know), but until the gigs start being on the regular, I’m going to have to make do with the occasional splurge to supplement my diy efforts. Sometimes, a lot of the anxiety we feel is generated by a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’. And it’s in those times that we have to go back to basics and appreciate the fact that we have food and shelter. Because let’s face it, there are a lot of people out there who are struggling to have even those 2 basic needs met.
Well, it’s a different piece to the one I thought I would be writing, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I’d love to hear from you. What do you think about Pastor Joel’s statement? What do you think about my take on it? Feel free to send your comments in; I love to hear from my readers.
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Until next week, go well.