We often hear our church leaders talk about how everything we have, be it loved ones, possessions, jobs and money are not ours, but on loan from God. Our pastors and life group leaders never fail to remind us about this during each service and Bible Study meeting. What we have, not even our lives are our own, but we are merely stewards tasked with looking after what God has given us.
As I was reading my Devotional Bible, I came across the story of Esau and Jacob. This isn’t the first time I’ve read about them in the Bible, but this is the first time that something in their story stood out to me. If you haven’t read your Bible for a long time, I strongly suggest that you find the time to read it again. You’ll be amazed at the life lessons you can pick up along the way, but I digress.
During one of our weekly Life Group meetings, one of our fellow LG member, Harvee talked about the life of Joseph the dreamer. Most of us are familiar with the story of Joseph the dreamer, right? You know, Jacob’s son with the multi-colored robe who was sold to slavery, worked for Potiphar in Egypt, sent to jail on a false charge from Potiphar’s wife, and while in jail, he interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners and then that of the Pharaoh’s and was then made second in command of all Egypt. It was during this time that Joseph helped to save Egypt and many other nations from the great famine that came later.
When I first read about Joseph in the Bible I didn’t really get a lot from it, but after a more thorough reading and discussion last night, I learned that there’s actually a thing or two we can learn from Joseph’s story specially in the area of planning and preparing for the worst. Lessons from 1600-1700 BC that helped save Egypt from the great famine, and can still help save lives today and in the coming years.
Every morning, as soon as I arrive in the office I usually do some light reading. I go to news websites like Gulfnews.com, Inquirer.net or Khaleejtimes.com just to know what’s happening around me. I also check business websites to see how the stock market is doing, and know about the latest in the business world. Then I go through LinkedIn to check for updates, new leads, and some random stuff. I usually read posts from Francis Kong, one of the most respected speakers in the Philippines, for some Positivity and Motivation, Artin Eskander for Spiritual and Biblical Insights, and Oleg Vishnepolsky for his insights on Managing People, and some light stories related to people and the workplace. Today, as I opened my office computer and started on my daily routine of morning reading I came across this story and thought of sharing it. It’s a very short story, but very meaningful. So please bear with me, and enjoy reading.
Emergencies happen. Whether we like it or not there will always be some kind of emergency that will happen when we least expect it, and if we’re not prepared for it – disaster.
I remember during partner’s training at IMG (International Marketing Group), one of the leading companies when it comes to financial literacy, there was a simple presentation about emergencies and how the lack of preparedness leads to a crisis. It went something like this.