Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scarcity Thinking or Abundance Thinking

Moses has led the Israelites for a little more than a year in Numbers 11. The Lord has promised that He will overload them one day with meat (You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it he says). Moses cannot understand how this can happen. How could they receive this much food (for several million people)?

Moses asks the Lord, Even if we butchered all our flocks and hers, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?

The Lord answers, Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true.

Michael Hyatt writes, Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).

The two types of thinking he describes are scarcity thinking and abundance thinking.

Hyatt shares the eight characteristics of abundance thinkers:

1. They believe there is always more where that came from.
2. They are happy to share their knowledge, contacts, and compassion with others.
3. They default to trust and build rapport easily.
4. They welcome competition, believing it makes the pie bigger and them better.
5. They ask themselves, How can I give more than is expected?
6. They are optimistic about the future, believing the best is yet to come.
7. They think big, embracing risk.
8. They are thankful and confident.

He also notes eight characteristics of scarcity thinkers:

1. They believe there will never be enough.
2. They are stingy with their knowledge, contacts, and compassion.
3. They default to suspicion and find it difficult to build rapport.
4. They resent competition, believing it makes the pie smaller and them weaker.
5. They ask themselves, How can I get by with less than is expected?
6. They are pessimistic about the future, believing that tough times are ahead.
7. They think small, avoiding risk.
8. They are entitled and fearful.

As we continue forming the DNA of The Spring Church, it is on your pastor’s mind that we embrace abundance thinking and not scarcity thinking. Small thinking will lead to small people. Small people will lead to small church that stays small. Let us challenge ourselves and each other to think large, because I think the Lord thinks large.

Remember, Jesus said, Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back (Luke 6:38).
Charles Swindoll shares in his excellent book The Grace Awakening that there are two types of faces among Christians – “yes” faces and “no” faces. Let’s work hard to be faces turned from no to yes by the grace of God.

You can see Hyatt’s full article here.

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