Shine Now! Magazine September/October Issue Issue 4 Volume 1 - Page 30

Take the Lead: Improve your Market Value and make more Money! By: Davida Yemi-Akanle Anyone who uses what God has given them well will have more. This is an unbreakable biblical law. It’s generally known as the law of use. Matthew 25:29 states, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” (NLT) An important element of wealth creation involves creativity. I love being creative. But there's another element of wealth creation that deals with cultivation. It is an area many often overlook. If what God gave us or the things we brought to life are not cultivated then, at some point we can lose them. A lot of people focus on acquiring more as a way to gain wealth. Yet, this is not the full picture of what the Bible teaches about an increase. If the main focus of a person is obtaining things without having a cultivator’s mindset, then it is hard to create sustainable wealth. Several years ago, after I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the Lord gave me a gift. It was the gift to write. Anytime I picked up my pen, the writing flowed. The New Birth unlocked a prophetic river of creativity within me. I wrote 33 poems in one day. I shared my writing with whoever would stop to listen or read it. One day I listened to the wrong advice and set my pen aside. As a result, the river of writing stopped flowing. A more mature Christian friend commented to me that I spent too much time writing. I needed to focus on other things. I listened to them and that was the end of my writing spree, or so it seemed. 30