Know your resources
We often don’t realise what we have in life. Knowing our resources is the prerequisite to capitalising on the possibilities and potential in our lives.
Your body is a perfectly defined mechanism. It is the vehicle that houses your spirit and soul. For the body to function well, it requires proper food, rest and exercise. At optimum performance your energy levels are high and your body is more productive. Healthy eating and consistent exercise aids to reduce the risk of developing illnesses and medical problems. A healthy lifestyle also aids to increases the quality and length of life.
The resources of your soul include your mind, will and emotions. What you continue to feed your minds will influence what comes out. Your thinking has the ability to expand or reduce your outlook, expectation and effectiveness in life. In one sense the resources of our soul are the most important because our soul acts as a conduit which transfers information from the spiritual to the physical and from the physical to the spiritual. The resources of the soul are many and range from attitude to creativity. The soul’s resources are cultivated through knowledge, self discipline and understanding.
Spiritual resources are those inexhaustible resources that emanate from God’s character and power. They exist both to enrich our lives and also to protect us and those around us from dark spiritual forces 2 Corin 10:4. Spiritual resources include the Word of God, the blood of Jesus Christ, heavenly hosts (such as angels), God’s favour, His character and His Spirit within us. They are accessed through prayer, faith, speech or confessions, revelation, understanding and relationship (with God and man).
Every individual that enters your life can serve as a unique resource. Each person on earth possesses a unique personality and specific abilities for life. While one person can act as a connection to other resources, another person holds the ability to help you draw out and cultivate resources within you. Working with people and developing relationships requires wisdom and where some relationships can be distractions, they should be assessed wisely – not all should be developed “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”1 Corin 15:33.
Our finances, material possessions and tangible assets all serve as material resources. They increase our options, widen our influence and give us the power to change the lives and circumstances of other people. Material possessions can bring us comfort or pain depending on how they are used. Material resources or the access to them are necessary for physical survival. They also increase our access to other resources. With more material possessions lies a greater degree of responsibility towards man and earth.
This is a brief overview of some of the resources available to us. You will never be in a situation where you have ‘nothing’ in life. The challenge is making the most of what’s available.
God bless and protect
“Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty-how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.”- Henry Ward Beeche