In the spirit of our newest #BreakingPoverty Challenge, I want to teach you a lesson about breaking this cycle, which plagues so many of us today.
It's not uncommon for an empowering message to rise at a time when the masses are in despair.
Recently, I've consumed several of Napoleon Hill's self-help books like Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude and How to Own Your Own Mind. In these texts, he discusses spiritual laws that led to his success and that of many other prominent leaders.
But these books do more than just inspire and motivate.
They also provide an understanding of the social, political, and economic atmosphere of the early 1900s. In essence, these works have become history lessons for me.
During the Great Depression, Hill addressed the collective mindset of the masses. He noted the widespread despair, and argued the nation's mental state essentially kept the Depression alive. As such, he was determined to shift the people's minds by teaching them spiritual laws based on Kingdom principles.
Napoleon Hill's work brought him before government leaders. He served as an advisor to three presidents. His teachings spanned the nation, and soon the masses began flourishing again.
Hill understood, using his observations and research, the power of the mind.
And when consumed with Faith and a Burning Desire to succeed, nothing was impossible.
In another book, we read the story of a widow who cried out to Elisha, pleading with him to help her before the creditors enslaved her sons to pay off her late husband's debt.
"What would you have me do?" asked Elisha. "What is in your house?"
The widow replied, "Only a small bit of oil."
The prophet then told her to borrow jars from her neighbors, to take those large jars into her home, shut the door, and pour the little oil she had into each one until they were full.
She obeyed the prophet's instructions.
Then he commanded her to sell the oil and to live off the earnings.
In essence, the prophet gave the poor widow the idea to launch an oil business.
With one word, her poverty was broken.
The principles used during Biblical days were practical tools used during the early 1900s. What worked back then can surely work today.
I teach Kingdom principles for success in all areas for a reason. I believe they have the power to do what we consider "miracles." The key to making them a success in our lives, however, lies in our ability to learn and apply the principles, especially during difficult times.
Perhaps you find yourself in a financial bind, which we all experienced at one point or another. If so, I urge you to consider your greatest asset. It contains powerful tools to help you break away from poverty.
That asset is your mind, and when you think on higher thoughts, you open the door for more opportunities to come your way.
Consider what you already possess.
What is in your proverbial home, your mind, that can bring you out of despair? What ideas do you have right now that can be profitable to you and your family? What business or ministry are you called to launch? What service can you provide to your current employer that will position you for a new promotion? How can you go the Extra Mile in your efforts so your works captivate the attention of key decision makers?
Whatever is in your "house," take the little idea you have and sell it.
Think positively and have the Faith of God.
With it, nothing will be impossible to you.
Felecia Killings is an Award-Winning Coach, Best-Selling Author, and CEO of The Felecia Killings Foundation. Since 2011, she's trained men and women to build virtual ministries using their powerful stories while helping them cultivate a strong leadership presence in the online space. She is the author of the best-selling compilation, the Conscious Conservative Book Collection, and her newest works, My Beloved Women's Ministry Book Collection, offered exclusively at The Felecia Killings Foundation. In addition, she oversees the company's book-publishing services. In 2022, she opened the door for rising leaders in her ministry and movement to have their books published on her national platform.