What is Your Oil?

biblical_prophets_Elisha_Widow_OilMore and more I am finding that I have an absolute need to write. As I get some clear picture that I must share or lately if I am feeling like I need to be grounded, I write. It calms me and it gives me something to give away. I like to give but I don’t always have a ready bouquet of flowers or bundt cake to give to whomever will take them. But with this blog, I can give away my words, my thoughts and perspectives, and usually, at least some one person will take them.

I was reading earlier in 2 Kings 4 about Elisha and the widow in debt and in danger of losing her sons because of it. She had one thing, and limited amounts of it but Elisha told her to get every container around and even go borrow some more and fill them up. Her two sons went to collect them and when every last vessel was filled, the oil went dry. The next day the demanding debtor was paid and the rest of the money was for the benefit of the widow and her two sons.

That made me ask God, “What exactly is my oil?” What is it, if I can nail it down to just one thing.

I was busy today and I felt like I needed to write for a moment this evening, for that grounding.  This is what I came up with. My most precious and steadfast commodity is my ability to communicate truth, help/serve, give direction, and lend various skills—along with dosing out Spirit-led encouragements, directed just for the person I am working with. It is my commodity.

I found my oil. And I found it by asking God that question and then later by sitting with my hands readied to write on my computer keyboard it just came out.

What commodity do you have to share, to make money with, to exchange for something important—like your sons’ lives?

And, how can I and Audacious Consulting & Media help you? Maybe you don’t even know what it is that you need help with because you are stuck where you are at—there is help to pull you out and get you moving towards your dreams and destiny!

(A special thanks to Patrice Tsague of The Nehemiah Project for basing his work around this concept. By reading what he will be teaching (and I will be learning) at the next BE 1 class in August (at New Hope Christian College) I went and grabbed my Bible… and then asked the right question.)

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High Rollers

I remember looking up the term “high roller” a couple years back as I heard someone I know has that status in Vegas. That was my introduction to the term. 

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Last year, as a friend was establishing a business model that would attract very high-end, high-maintenance clients I remarked to said friend, “You are a high roller, now!” I meant that in a spiritual way as well as a business person who was taking a calculated risk to do something big. 

I had so much fun watching the process and discussing elements of it. 

And let’s say, they attracted a client as their first that surpassed their wildest expectations. 

These high rollers hit the target while relying on the peace of God and His wisdom in taking risks. God adventures in the business world! 

Many of you may fall into the “high roller club.” Not necessarily because of your gambling or business risk-taking but rather because of the audacious risks you take following God. You follow Him in little ways that no one ever knows about and you do some things that appear wild to others, as you follow God and pursue sweeping God-given dreams. 

Forgive my ignorance since I have never literally gambled, nor been to Las Vegas. Clearly I am not an expert. However I am an expert in other ways.

I have studied, as well as observed, and I have assisted many people who step out and do prodigious ventures. They possessed huge dreams, they did their planning, and then jumped in to do the plan in partnership with God.

I’ve seen a lot. They go to other countries doing ministry, start businesses, design products, start organizations, volunteer and mentor, write books, create art, make movies, do television programs, radio, digital media, comedy, and so much more.

Every time they step out they meet some resistance; they know they are taking risks. It is more than clear to them–and others that the rope ladder could leave them dangling unless they have it tied right and they are confident of the climb.

They do risk failure. They risk judgments by others. They risk the fact they may have taken the wrong path. They risk money, time, and reputation. At first they are wobbly. Some don’t get past that stage.  Others get knocked over like a inflatable punching bag they spring back up. They step forward even when they are afraid but somehow they grab a hold of the courage that God extends from His hand and Word. As people start seeing them have elements of success, they then get more support. 

Things start happening. The learning curve and adjusting things along the way is part of the process. And it takes some time to hit the markers. But it happens. If…they don’t give in and give up. 

Are you a high roller or are you called to be? Do you desire to do big things because it is in you to do so? Has God developed a level of faith in you and acumen in the area you are to go? What is stopping you from being a high roller? 

Photo Credit: Me with High Roller nail polish sent as a gift from High Roller, Herself.