What is in your hand?

What is in your hand?  Or, What is in your inventory?

When disaster strikes as it certainly has in these United States this year it seems to me we need to raise our sights and look at the answers to these two questions.

As I watch the real winners respond to disaster in our land and see how they have turned a situation that seemed insurmountable into a pathway to victory, I wanted to see how they did it.

The greatest treasures any of the winners have is the sure and certain belief they have solidly planted in their own soul that :

1 God is in charge and He owns it all.

Luke 12, 32: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.


Psalm 34 verse 6:  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

2   Every problem carries within itself the seeds of the solution to the problem. That means the winner does not waste any time or effort or energy on negative and complaining thoughts. The secret is to ask.

Matthew 7 verse 7:  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

3  One principal that is a solid portion of their makeup is the decision to

Do what you can with what you have where you are today.

Psalm 37 verse 39:  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

The winner knows that strength without action accomplishes nothing so he is sure to have the strength if he knows how to tackle the problem

4 The surest way to stimulate your thinking process is to praise the God who gave the good mind you already posses.

The Chinese proverb that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step is the instruction that tells you start.

One of the wisest men I know about accomplishing difficult tasks is Pastor Robert Schuller and he says “Beginning is half done”

So very often I have seen disaster in my work with farmers. I know that a kind word of encouragement is often the spark that the person in trouble needs to stop and ask, what can I do?

There is a key decision my dear friend finally discovered after he broke his neck in a terrible accident. He told me when he stopped looking at what he lost but concentrated on what he had left, he knew he could, with God’s help live a useful life and today 25 years later he has touched hundreds of lives and had fun doing it. He has been an inspiration to others and has literally saved other peoples lives by simply showing them he found an answer to accomplishment in his own life.

I pass this advice on to you. Don’t look at what you have lost. Look at what you left and can you do something about it?

Sometimes a kind word of encouragement can be the best gift you can give to the person in trouble.

The path way to being a winner is the simple decision to do the best you can with what you have where you are today.

If you have faith in yourself and you do the thing you fear the death of fear is certain. The greatest achievements of many men happened as a result of what looked like an impossible problem.

Dr. Bob Scott

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