Listen. If you don’t believe in divine connections, then this post is not for you. This post is full of evidence of divineness. Heavy on the God-lead. Deep in the “it’s a total God thing.” Often times, my day job allows me to meet and work with people who are passionate about one thing – PEOPLE. And especially, Houstonians. In my line of work (my 9 to 5, not side hustles), I’ve met people who are talented, but I’ve met more people who have a big hearts and want to go above and beyond to improve the quality of life for their neighbors. And to me, the latter outweighs the former.
Today’s divine connection was actually someone that I have crossed paths with before. Years ago, Catherine Flowers worked for Capital One Bank, who was the title sponsor for the Money Smart Kids Essay Contest. I didn’t know her well then since I was so new to my job. But I saw her name on several occasions. Ten years would go by before our paths would cross again. This time, I am the lead contact for Houston Money Week and she is the CEO of Bread of Life, Inc., where they are known for their vision – “To end homelessness and improve the quality of life of those in need.”
In my conversation with Catherine, she shared with me that since Hurricane Harvey, they have received an influx of donations and have a few warehouses to hold it all. But the trick is actually giving it away. You wouldn’t believe how many agencies there area who have resources to share but still have to beg people to take them. I know what the issue is… people have a negative perception about receiving “handouts” or accepting help. Don’t let a negative outlook affect your positive come up!
How many times have you missed out on a blessing because you didn’t have the courage to ask for help? Or is it that your ego or pride got in the way? There are SO many organizations and agencies who are ready, willing and able to assist you with your needs. Your family or your business depends on your willingness to push the fear aside and speak up. And this takes commitment from you on two levels = (1) ASK FOR HELP & (2) ACCEPT IT!
If you are already are struggling, why struggle longer than you need to? Take a chance. It only takes one step. Your success depends on your sacrifice! So what are you willing to sacrifice in order to be successful?