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Producing Abundance Despite Apparent Lack

47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.

53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”

56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.  Genesis 41:47-49,53-57

The story of Joseph has been told so many times and offers so many lessons that sometimes it’s easy to think we know the story and that’s that.  However, when you stop learning you become complacent and ineffective and self-centred – not exactly qualities of following God’s will.

A couple of years ago I was asking the Lord for some insight to why the commonly accepted financial wisdom was to accumulate money for the future (not that this is bad, it’s the emphasis on it for retirement that is perplexing)  He lead me to the story of Joseph and revealed some interesting principles that address so many financial issues that cause uncertainty for people today.

Typically the interpretation of what Joseph put in place in Egypt after interpreting Pharoph’s dream of 7 years of prosperity followed by 7 years of famine is that the Egyptians saved up the food during the good years so they wouldn’t starve to death during the famine.  It’s interesting to note that the passage doesn’t mention any fear running out or not having enough, nor does it mention storing the food just for the Egyptians.

What the passage actually says is that the Egyptians produced the food from the land and it was collected and stored in the cities throughout the country.  When the famine came, the Egyptians sold the food locally and to people who came from abroad.  Producing the food from the land, meant they processed it in some way and selling it meant they created income from their efforts.  In this way, what they created was a sustainable economy.

It seems to me that God provided fruitful land from which the Egyptians could work together at the local level to use their talents to produce goods that benefited them and others.  Because the produced food was available in cities throughout the country they had a distribution network so the produce was accessible to and beneficial to many people.

Today to produce abundance means despite an apparent lack or gap I resources, means you have to first focus on the prosperity that you do have available, then find a way to produce something of value to others; particularly something that is essential and consumable.  Then work with others to create a system to sell your goods.  This is the entrepreneurial spirit of infinite possibilities that creates abundance, rather than stockpiling for personal survival with a concern that you might not have enough or might run out.  Your plan doesn’t have to be huge with a worldwide audience, it just has to start with a mindset of creating a sustainable income in your personal economy by considering the needs of others as well as yourself.

You can read more about the consequences of our current thinking around personal finance following the accumulation model in The Death by Money Report available at www.deathbymoney.com

Sharing a vision and the importance of encouragement to get the results you desire

The Death by Money / $10 Solution Journey

One of the hardest things to do is to let others in on your dreams. Sometimes these might be simple like where you’d like to go on vacation, or what kind of car you’d like to drive, what sort of home you like, clothing styles, entertainment choices, etc. Other times, they are more specifically about your goals such as things you’d like to accomplish athletically, in your career, of causes you’d like to support in your lifetime.

It’s important to understand how sharing these innermost thoughts can cause you to either doubt or believe in your visions. If you say to someone you know and care about that you’d like to go on a vacation to climb Mt. Everest and they respond sarcastically with comments about how absurd the idea is; how much time and money it would take; how you’d have to be crazy to think you could do that, especially when you’ve never climbed anything more than the pathway in the local park, it’s quite likely that you might think twice about your vision. At least, you will certainly think twice about who and what you tell your visions to.

This powerful concept is why the in your life are so vital to your success or lack of it. It’s also why great things are accomplished with a team effort. When you are able to share a vision or idea, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, you are going to either be encouraged or discouraged to follow through. This is why it’s difficult for many people to open up about their goals and dreams and to ask questions that could lead them towards getting results they didn’t know were possible, all because they were too afraid to ask.

The Death by Money Report, just launched on www.moneyminding.com is the result of sharing a vision with people who encouraged the creation of something positive from an otherwise difficult situation. The following people are just a few of the team who I’d like to thank for helping see this project through to this stage. You have all contributed support and encouragement in ways you might not even recognize, as well as the much needed hands on work required to get the job done!

Lisa Maxwell (of course!), Joe Piercy, Jordyn Piercy, Lara Spence, John Perry, Jonathan Maxwell, Elaine Weidner, Dorothy Tolsma, Bill Byrnell, Kerry Brown, Laurie McAmmond, Andrea Bailey, Bob Stewart, Ian Johnson, Don Balance, Warren and Marilyn Little, John Porges, Kim Johnson, Connie Aman, Brad Simpson, Rob Bennett, Larry Mais, Jack Shore, Robin Holden, Darlene Newberg, Wumi Awofala, Danella Parks, Rich Senn, Jill Lublin, John Willig, Dean and Susan Boland, Bev Gulbrandsen, Donna Fahley, Sharon McKay, Havind Sehmi, George Vanous, Paul Smith, Dolim Chow, Gail Watson, Donna Lumley, Brian Law, Christine Yoon, Bill McCarter, Pat Brehm, Brad Roulston, Mike McMullen, Kathryn Dafos, Lisa Kachan, Neil Godin, Sean Carey, Bev Benwick, Audrey Watson, Roger Davidson, …
Thank you.