Although gaining financial wealth has always been a driving force in prosperity, I have personally seen a recent rise in the number of people who seem to be pushing towards making a dream come true for the sake of fortune and fame.
I have found myself growing weary of supporting people I see hustling their talents for money. Even as indie artists, it’s possible to pimp oneself just as much as industry execs. Many who have been driven by the need to make money off of their vision without understanding the greater purpose in creating have found that their hasty efforts were in vain often rushing projects to get them in the hands of whomever they think will be interested and in turn, putting out mediocre work!
Putting out a product, be it a CD, book, a piece of fine art or even a service without ensuring it’s your best work is not only a waste money, time and energy but can also potentially tarnish the name/brand that you worked “so hard” at establishing. Then when the product doesn’t gain popularity as hoped, people will scream that “people don’t support their own!” Well, who do YOU know wants to endorse mess!?
I am learning that there will always be people who are willing to support your vision. The key is actually having a vision and not just an idea! Many don’t know the difference between the two!!!
This behavior is especially troubling when I see it displayed by those who consider themselves to be believers of Christ. Lord knows that the current condition of the economy has people seeking to create multiple streams of income to support themselves and their families but our inability to focus on the will of God for our gifts/talents/ministry is merely tossing our seeds about which never generates a fruitful harvest.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop…” Matthew 13:4-8
I have been asked me why I do so many speaking engagements/gigs for free. The answer is simple: I give much because much as been given TO me. My talents, time and energy all serve a purpose greater than me. I dare not do what I do with the mere goal of making money. I seek to fulfill my God given purpose and in doing so, KNOW and EXPECT that prosperity/wealth WELL BEYOND MONEY will come to me and my family.
If your "grind" has you focused on "making it" or "making money", you need to readjust your focus on PURPOSE. Your gift will truly make room for you but we must “…seek ye first the Kingdom of God…” Y’all know how it goes!
One day (soon possibly), I'll get paid for all that I do but for now, the bank of my heart is filled with gratitude that God sees fit to use ME at all! The payoff I receive from knowing that people are blessed by my words and even my presence is greater than the checks that will come!
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48