I’m sorry about the situation, but you have to understand that scarcity and difficulty is usually tied to a lack of creativity, limited competency, or corrupt leadership. Abundance flows from creatively interacting with resources that are usually right within arm’s reach.
Painfully, the reason why many African nations are still impoverished is because they either have incompetent or corrupt leaders. In some cases, they have both incompetent and corrupt leaders. A leader who only thinks of self cannot creatively use the resources available to transform a nation or even an organization. If you want to see an organization do better, pay attention to the leadership. If the leader isn’t creatively influencing the organization, then it’s either because the leader is incompetent or corrupt. Even if that leader was effective, something must have been altered that is now affecting his or her competency for the role.
If you were doing well before this scarcity set in, then the only explanation to the scarcity you now experience is that you weren’t creative enough while transiting into a new season. When times and seasons change, your response to people must change too. Wealth is a response. It’s how you respond to people and situations in your life; it is also how you respond to problems and opportunities. Poverty is also a response. Wealth responds from the perspective of abundance, while poverty reacts from a mindset of security.
Wealth is a creative process. It’s all about creating value and serving others with that value. “In the beginning God created”. That’s the pattern we are to follow each time we’re faced with a challenge. It should be our first thought and response. If God created us in His image, then we should considerably respond to challenges as He would. In the beginning of our day, we are commissioned to create, not react. In the beginning of a project, a challenge, or even an adverse relationship, our first point of consideration should be to create solutions rather than being intimidated or walking away.
I read a story about a woman who her husband left with three children. She was in dire need and had very little hope for survival. She lived in a small Costa Rican village where the signs of economic ruin appeared everywhere in that area. Businesses in that area ran at a slow pace, there were job shortages, young people were forced to move out of the village in search of a better life. For those who remained in that village, the only assurance they had was that they were going to fail.
She went to church one day and met her pastor preaching on the parable of the talents. The pastor was determined to wake up the God-given abilities of his church and community. He wanted the people to begin to create solutions in spite of the devastating economic times they were experiencing in that region of the world. As a skilled and anointed communicator, the pastor focused on motivating the people to apply what they heard. He concluded his sermon with the most unusual call to action. He stepped down from the platform and reached into his pocket and pulled out some money. Then he began to walk toward a few people in his small congregation. As he approached them, he handed them a few dollars and told them to use their God-given talent to double the money.
When he got to where this woman was sitting, he said, “Use your gift to double this money”. She complained that she didn’t have any gift. But the pastor insisted that she ought to have a gift. At this point, she felt humiliated and scream that she didn’t have anything worthwhile and that the only thing she knew how to do was to make pancake for her children. The moment the pastor heard that, he advised her to take the money, buy some recipes for pancake, bake and take them to the market square to sell the next morning.
Of course, she initially resisted, but she obeyed. To her amazement, she sold all her pancakes in no time. Her pastor advised her to invest the proceeds into making more pancakes, and she did. That’s how she began a business. Over time, she added more items to her menu and gained new customers in the village. She opened a catering service that grew to be the most successful catering company in the region. Her influence grew beyond her church and village.
Her approach to growing her business became contagious that she sparked up an economic revolution in her village and the entire region. Within months, the entire city started to turn around economically. The pastor’s church also exploded with growth. From a small village church to a 4000 seat auditorium. The transformation that took place in that city was so dramatic that it caught the attention of the president of the nation. It wasn’t long before the president consulted the woman to implement whatever she did in her city in the entire nation. That’s how a woman who her husband left became a force to be reckoned with.
So that’s it! If you’re not corrupt, then the only thing causing scarcity for you may be your competence or creativity level for this new season. If that’s the case, you can either learn what you don’t know or employ the service of something who can lead you through the season.
I hope this has brought enlightenment.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!