I’m going to get a little personal and maybe a smidge uncomfortable in today’s post.
It’s okay to invest in yourself.
Not only is it okay, but it’s also amazing.
I don’t have the fattest wallet. Never have. It’s been through seasons of extra leanness and I’m currently in one.
But I’ve struggled with a poverty mindset. We grew up with very little in the way of any extra cash… let me rephrase… we had none. I didn’t realize how much that had affected me until as an adult, I started making my own funds and realizing that I had some problems.
I had a poverty mentality and was constantly trying to save, always feeling like I couldn’t get ahead, and worried about when the next emergency would arise .I was hoarding pennies like a selfish miser and it took some soul searching with the Lord to realize that reaction is out of fear.
Please do not read this post and think that I’m a) telling you that frugality and wise spending is not important and good, or b) trying to get you to buy our services. While the second would be awesome, I ultimately want what’s best for you and want you to make the decisions and invest in the coaches, editors and service providers that are going to be the right fit for you, even if that isn’t us.
But the Lord requires some investment.
He taught me so much from two scripture verses.
- “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12: 22-24
- The parable of the talents.
We do not need to worry about what we will eat or wear or how much money will be in the bank. He will supply all of our needs according to His riches and grace. Guys. The King of heaven is wealthy beyond our wildest imaginations and owns the cattle on a thousand hills. You don’t think He can’t provide the funds to get an edit or a coaching call?
And do you think the good stewards who were given their talents were freaking out about losing it when they wisely invested it and waited with faith for it to grow? No. Because the one who feared deposited his coin in the ground, scared to death that he would lose it and was chastised by the Lord for not investing it wisely.
So pray. Ask Him for provision and guidance. But if He is asking for you to invest in your book and your authorship, do it. It will be okay. And more than that, but I truly believe that a life of provision and returned and growing investments is a part of His kingdom and His plan for you.
I’ve invested more into my books and authorship over the last year than I thought I could ever afford… but He has returned it over again.
Did this post resonate with you? Is this something that you struggle with?