What do you have? No matter how tough things look, you have something.

A couple of decades ago, we as a family were living in Cyprus and I was dependent on my husband’s work visa, which meant I could not get a job as an accountant but rather than focus on what I did not have, I looked at what I had.  So what did I have? I had time and I used that time to learn how a Cypriot cleaned. I then started volunteering at the farm owners home and within a short period of time, I became a great cleaning lady.

Second Phase of life

Then came the next phase of our lives in Cyprus when my husband moved into the city and started working as a factory hand. I still had the original limitation, however I had acquired the Cypriot’s cleaning skills and was now marketable. We placed an advert in the English paper to provide cleaning services and within a short period of time we had loads of clients. The business grew and I moved from nothing to something.

As I was thinking of this phase of our lives, I remembered the story a young lady told me. She had her two children in quick succession and had to stay at home.  During this period she learnt both how to fix hair for ladies and how to bake because all she had was time. Within a few years, she was earning in a week more than what most people earned in a month because she recognised what she had.

What do you have? Elisha asked

The two stories I have shared with you here brings me to the question Elisha asked the widow. The bible says:

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” 2 Kings 4:2 ( the amplified version throws another interesting light on the verse. Read here)

The question asked by Elisha is what I still ask myself and I am asking you today. What do you have? Irrespective of how insignificant you think it is, if you recognise it, God can use it and bring something great out of it.

God is on your side!


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4 replies on “WHAT DO YOU HAVE?”

Wow, thank you for these great stories that provided encouragement and insight into what we have in life. This keeps me thinking the things that I have and I the things I have my managed to discover about myself especially at this period of time. Thank you PB, God bless you.

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