and insightful in their use of talents?
(Inserts from Care Takers of God’s Blessing by Larry Burkett)
A shrewd manager can do a lot more with few resources than a pretentious
manager can with many resources. In 1983 Ganga Stone brought a bag of groceries
to a man dying of AIDS. Arriving at his house, she realized he was too sick to cook f
or himself, she started phoning his friends. Soon this man was receiving a hot meal
every day. But Ganga met others like him. With less than $10 as start up money,
she created God’s Love We Deliver, which in 1994 organized 1,700 volunteers to
feed more than 600 shut-ins a day. Forty of NY’s best restaurants donated food
thanks to Ganga’s talent for persuasion.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things” (Matt 25:21)
Ganga was faithful with $10 and a gift for persuasion; God eventually entrusted
her with a $5.5million organization.
Not all of us will find ourselves managing that much of God’s wealth in this lifetime,
but any of us can cultivate Ganga’s creativity. Along with a willingness to risk and a
commitment to God’s priorities, shrewdness or creativity is an essential mind-set
for a member of God’s management team.
Fear and embarrassment paralyze creative thinking. Courage and trust in God’s
grace free us to be shrewd. Sometimes it’s hard to muster courage when we feel
alone; that’s why we’re exhorted to “encourage one another” (1 Thes 5:11).
We’re a management team and we need each other.
I may have ideas that can help you grow. You may have a vision from God
I need to hear.
Being an encourager is serious business and we need to be sure we are doing our jobs.
Is there something you would like to do, but don’t know where and how to start?
ASK someone. Don’t be embarrassed to share your thoughts. You never know who
God will use in your life to help you fulfill your purpose. It’s time to stop wondering
and get the answers you need. Procrastination is a thief of time. Fear is a dream killer.
Let’s prosper together.