Are you prepared for famine?
Sand, sea and sun collided today at the Ministry Fair 2018. Donned in eye-catching summer floral OOTD (outfit of the day), the servants encouraged attendees to sign-up for a Light Group (LG) and also to join a ministry.
The Ministry Fair was so successful because of good preparation and planning.
It was refined each year as the team learns from experience. They did some adjustments and fine tuning every year.
Preparation and planning for special events is very crucial, be it large or small.
This holds true also in life.
Bro. Bo Sanchez shared this ‘big’ message today preparation is everything.
He highlighted the bible story of Joseph who was thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
In prison Joseph interprets the dreams of the cupbearer and baker of Pharaoh and his interpretations are exactly correct.
Unfortunately, the ungrateful cupbearer, who promised to remember Joseph, forgot all about his promise as soon as he was free, and Joseph had to cope with yet another setback, with another blow to his hopes.
Joseph had to languish two more years in the dungeon, but he did not grow bitter.
He is prepared for the challenges that come to him in life and thinks not only of himself, but always of others.
Preparation is the price we pay to become great.
Joseph was only 16 years old when his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelite traders.
The Pharaoh appointed him as the Governor of Egypt when he was thirty.
God spent 14 years just preparing his chosen leader.
Preparation takes time and let us be patient and not lose heart during the most difficult stages of our preparation in life.
Joseph knew Egypt was in the midst of an economic boom (part of the economic cycle).
Joseph told Pharaoh that for the next seven years they should save one fifth (20%) of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
This way, when the famine came they would have enough food to survive. The plan worked to perfection.
We can’t help but think about our own economy and how it parallels this story.
I came out of a time of great abundance when I was an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and now I was in a tougher time.
OFWs that stored up provisionally during the boom time aren’t really affected by what’s going on right now.
They are barely affected by any economic slowdown.
Those that didn’t have the foresight to store up for the coming famine are faring much worse.
We can control how we handle our own finances.
There is always hope.
Bro. Bo encouraged everyone to live within their means and save the 20% of your earnings for investment.
Just as Joseph put Egypt on a pay-as-you-go economy and saved for the lean years, so should you and I put back some cash.
Pay raises are not forthcoming, and if our jobs are downsized, we are going to need cash to see us through.
Reduce expenses and save something out of each paycheck while you can.
Each of us must learn from the character of Joseph and examine the policies he put in place to administer the economy of Egypt and guide it through a massive downturn.
God will bless your efforts to manage your money and your life when you obey His laws and principles of financial management.
They were the basis for sound economic policies for Joseph, and they are sound household policies for you and me today.