What’s Before Your Eyes

There is a story in the bible about an entrepreneur called Jacob. At the time of this story, he was an employee of his crafty uncle Laban. He was not happy about his salary and working conditions. So Jacob decided to do something about it. What Jacob did to remedy the situation, simply bordered on tact, genius, faith and off course hope. His goal was to build enough assets for himself to compensate for the low salary his was getting.

His plan, build the correct image mentally.  This how he went about it, Jacob told his uncle to separate the speckled (The sheep that had white on them) and sported sheep (all the dark-colored ones) from the rest of the sheep. He requested that his uncle give him all the sported and speckled sheep as his payment (assets are always the best wages) while the others would belong to his uncle. This gave an unfair advantage to his uncle because most of the sheep were not speckled or spotted. To sweeten the deal,  Laban removed the existing sported and speckled sheep from the others and put them in the care of his sons. What this meant was that Jacob did not even have any sported or speckled animal to work with, making it almost impossible for Jacob to achieve his goal.

In any case, Jacob agreed to the terms and on the surface, it seemed like Laban had made a killing on the deal. However Jacob had a secret. So what was the secret Jacob had? Well, Gen 30:37-40 says ” Jacob however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.  Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban.”

The result of this was tremendous. Jacob’s livestock increased and Laban’s did not. So what am I getting at here? well, Jacob basically created an image of the result that he wanted and constantly fixed his eyes on it. The image he created by peeling the bark of the wood, built up hope in his mind which set the same process in motion in the sheep. Hope creates a vision for your future and vision can influence your present situation.

So what is before your eyes today? Sometimes, it is not what you see for your future that matters, it is what you are seeing “Now,” right in front of you that determines your future. So change the image in front of you and you will change the life ahead of you.

Decision for today: I will change the image I have about myself, my finance or my business.

Question for today: What steps can I take to change the negative images I have created in my mind?

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