As you may know, the above title happens to be my theme tag which gives a brief description of what I’m about. These words instantly came to mind the moment I searched my soul for a theme that exudes who I am and what my purpose is. It came to me so quickly and easily only because I had already spent much time and labor and tribulation beforehand searching my soul and knowing the heart of God to discover what my divine calling is.
As an artist, an entrepreneur and a minister, the meaning of hope and prosperity and beauty is a practice that perfectly fits who I am and what I’m about. A practice I say because the meaning of these are not just theoretical concepts, but an existential lifestyle.
Let us look deeper at each element to see what I mean:
Perhaps you may be thinking that hope refers to the minister side of who I am; Yes and no. Certainly as a minister, I offer hope to people, but I also offer hope as an entrepreneur and an artist just as well. You see, it’s not like I keep these faucets of who I am compartmentalized. I am always an minister, always an artist and always an entrepreneur; all at the same time.
As a minister, I acknowledge God in all my ways, so hope is a virtue I exude not only as a minister, but also as an artist and entrepreneur. Surely the solutions, resources, services and opportunities I offer as an entrepreneur give people a great amount of hope- just as my art may give other people another expression of hope.
Hope is not just wishful thinking or some passive idea that suggests we sit around and wait for something to fall out of the sky into our lap. Rather, there is a very proactive element with hope as we trustingly cooperate with the abundant universe and redemptive plan God created for our care and provision.
The entrepreneur category may come to mind when we look at the word prosperity, yet prosperity is just as much apart of the minister an artist of me as well. Often the meaning of prosperity is limited to monetary abundance, but a wider definition will allow aesthetic value as well as spiritual abundance.
Surely the spiritual meaning of abundance is the greatest of all. Consider the words of God:
“Riches and honor are with Me; Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes- better than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness and into the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.” Proverbs 8:18-21
There is something in us as humans that drives us to imagine, create and preserve the precious value of aesthetics. We hunger for splendor and thirst for the sweet nectar that nourishes the soul. We immerse ourselves with design and surround ourselves with lavish beauty. In our own way, each of us is an artist that is creating and recreating certain expressions of beauty that has been planted in each of us by the Master-Artist, God Almighty.
Beauty is not limited to sounds and images and tastes- etc, but can certainly be used to describe a job well done, or a genuine act of kindness. Whatever form it may come in, beauty is a vital element for healthy living and this is why I always make it a point to add a touch of beauty wherever I go. This is a blessing for me and for those around me.
Tying it all together
There was a time when I grappled with the task of reconciling the minister in me with the entrepreneur and artist in me. For a minister is primarily giving-oriented while an entrepreneur is primarily gain-oriented. Can these characters coexist within the same person?
Only when one is coming from a position of genuine value.
Remember you can only give what you have first gained. A true minister, entrepreneur and artist are all giving and gaining out of their genuine value that proliferates from the generosity of their abundance.
(See- “The Proliferating Effect of Delivering Value and Generosity“)
My word of encouragement is this:
Search your soul deeper to become more closely associated with the abundance God has planted inside of you and discover how it may be used to fill your divine calling. (See- “Purpose and Passion“)
Scott Yonker here, offering Hope and Prosperity with a Touch of Beauty
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