In this life many people miss out on a number of things simply due to a lack of understanding and planning.
There is a famous statement which states “if you fail to plan you are planning to fail”.
Unfortunately many people just plod on through life, never planning never increasing their knowledge in certain areas and when hardship comes to them, they just have a pity party and start moaning how life has dealt them a bad hand. You see it is a lot easier to moan about your situation, than it is to take responsibility for it and do something about it.
We see the same attitude in people calling themselves Christians, people never fulfilling their true potential, simply because they have a lack of knowledge of the word of God. They read their bible in church and then once or twice during the week for a quick 5 minutes.
They are spiritually starving and do not ever know what the promises are which God as place over their lives.
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
As you can see from this scripture having a lack knowledge is not just dangerous for you but it can effect your family also.
Many people are sitting in churches week after week thinking everything is ok because they are a faithful church goer, were as in reality satan is shifting them like wheat.
When challenges come they do not know how to cope, their emotions are up and down like a yo yo, relationships are stained, they react all the time instead of responding, their finances are messed up, their health is terrible and everything seem to be going wrong.
Many times the things that are happening is Gods way of getting our attention but because of a lack of sensitivity to God, which is out of a lack of relationship with him, fuel by a lack of study of his word; we miss even that.
The reason why for Christians it is necessary to not just read the word, but to study the word, is because it prepares us to be able to deal with life’s challenges at every level. There are laws and principals in the word, that if we apply them, we will prosper in all areas of our lives. There are curses that we can avoid simply by gaining the right knowledge:
Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Jesus showed us the importance of prior preparation when he share the parable of the 5 foolish virgins:
Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.
Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.
Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.
Mat 25:13 Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes.
As you can a lack of true preparation can cost you the greatest price of all, eternal life.
It is amazing how we are in a global recession at the moment and there are people struggling in this current economy but there are also people who are thriving in this same economy. The difference is preparation, some people put certain things in place and others did not. Just like Joseph who had such an insight through God, that he was able to prepare in times of plenty for times of famine.
Lack of planning is very dangerous and we building are Reliv businesses should understand this.
Building your business you are positioning yourself in a leadership position because the people that join you in the business, are going to be joining you because they believe you can help them to get to where they want to go, if they did not think that, they would not have joined you. Therefore you have a responsibility to position yourself as a person that can do this.
You do this by becoming a student and being mentored through the Reliv System, this is your time of preparation. If you try to be a mentor without first getting mentored, not only will you fail, but all the people you bring into the business will fail also.
You have a responsibility to plug into the system, if you have decided to build a Reliv business and when I say plug into the system I mean ALL of the system, not just the elements that are convenient for you. If you are not willing to do that, then I can tell you now, you will struggle to build a Reliv business.
Building you business you are developing residual income that will eventually be able to sustain you in the years where you are too weak to work for whatever reason.
Building your business causes you to take the product which allows your body to be prepared to deal with any challenges that come your way healthwise.
Finally building your business, allows you to be a blessing to many people, both directly and indirectly.
It all starts with preparation and that preparation is the Reliv System.
Jason Gregory Business Coach and Mentor
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