I know a young lady who got off to a rough start in life. She came from a very dysfunctional family. All she had ever seen was poverty, addiction and depression. At sixteen years old, she had a baby and had to drop out of high school. It looked like she was falling into that same negative cycle; it would continue on for another generation.
She found a little place to live where she could raise her son, but she didn't have any money or family supporting her. She ended up on welfare, barely making it. She would attend our services at Lakewood each week and hear again and again, "You have seeds of greatness on the inside; you have the DNA of a winner, and where you are is not where you have to stay." She began to change the way she saw herself. She created an image of success, an image of victory, and those seeds of greatness began to take root. She didn't just sit back and accept the status quo. She went out and got a job at a local high school cafeteria punching lunch tickets, making minimum wage. She wasn't satisfied. She went back to school and got her GED. She still wasn't satisfied. She decided to go to college. She would work during the day and go to college at night, and in four years, she graduated from college with honors. She still wasn't satisfied. She went back to college and got her Master's degree. Today she's not on welfare anymore. She is the principal at the same school where she started working in the cafeteria punching those lunch tickets.
What happened? She saw that poverty, lack and mediocrity as not permanent, but only temporary. She rose up in faith, and Almighty God breathed in her direction. I love what she told me, "I used to be on welfare, but now I'm fair and well!"
Today I want to encourage you, lack is only temporary. Get a big vision for your life. Don't get stuck in a rut and accept where you are. Do like this young lady and break out of your box. Believe that you can rise higher. God wants you to set a new standard for your family. Leave a legacy of faith. Keep believing, keep pressing forward, and keep seeing the victory and provision God has in store for you!
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)