Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Jean McLeod Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Posted: 2016-08-04

Sometimes it isn't about procrastination, it's about timing. It is very early in the morning, on Thursday, "'the deadline" for the post was a few hours ago.  I had entered my first post  for Think and Grow Rich Lessons, but all a had received to write was one sentence.  But now the thoughts come, so here it goes.  If not for anyone else, for me.

 

Decisions- Have you ever been there?   Have you ever been at that place where you have made that decision? You've put your stake in the ground, you're not turning around.  It makes no sense, that decision you've made.  It looks so foolish. You're told often that it is illogical, how foolish to risk so much.  Sometimes your decision includes your family or business in the outcome, which adds to the weightiness.  Sometimes it is just you.  You know that you know, what you need to do, but it makes no sense. I'm there.  

 

There is a chapter about that in the most amazing book ever written.  It's about trust, it's about faith, it's about the real issues and not what it appears. I read that chapter the other day and wept over it.  I had never done that before, I mean, I had never wept while I read it before.  Maybe you too have read those accounts of people's lives and what they were going through.  For reference, I am talking about the book of Hebrews, the 11th chapter.  It starts out with a definition of trusting as “being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see”.  Just think about that for a moment.  

 

Maybe you've heard of Noah.  It has never rained before and he's out building a boat.  A really big boat!   Oh, what the neighbors were saying!

 Being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see.  Just think about that for a moment. 

 

Abraham appears delusional when he packs up his tents, his camels, his herds of sheep and many U-hauls  and says, "Honey, come on, we're moving!"  Sarah, his doting, loving wife questions where they are going?  Abe replies, "I don't know, but God will show me, I'll know it when I get there."  It's not like they were in the mini van driving around wasting gas!

Being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see.  Just think about that for a moment. 

 

Or even more incomprehensible, Abraham taking his only son, his promised son, on a hike up a mountain to go offer a sacrifice! His son is the sacrifice.  What kind of father would do that? 

Being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see.  Just think about that for a moment. 

 

Or Moses, after all the risks that had been taken to keep him alive as an infant, being hidden for two years in a basket and he decides to refuse to called the son of Pharoah's daughter, but rather chose to be mistreated along with those who loved God, rather than live in the palace and have any pleasure he wanted.

Being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see.  Just think about that for a moment. 

 

Are you seeing it?  Are you understanding your battle?  Our struggle is not with building the boat. Our struggle is not packing and moving and not knowing where we are going. Our struggle is not the sacrifice.  Our struggle is not being mistreated.  Our struggle is not being out of money. Our struggle is not the spouse.  Our struggle is not an addiction. Our struggle is not being sick . Our struggle is not caring for someone who is dying. Our struggle is not the kids.  Our struggle is not relationships.  Those are all just symptoms.  

 

Our struggle is...Being confident of what we hope for, convinced of things we do not see.  Just think about that for a moment. 

 

Jean McLeod