Learn to Survive Before You Can Thrive

…For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. – Philippians 4:11-12 (NLT)

A major problem in our culture today is that we haven’t learned the principles of living in survival mode. Due to not being able to view it as a season, it gets adopted as a lifestyle. Since we can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, a poverty mindset sets in and we begin to cater to our wants instead of our immediate needs. Eventually a snowball effect sets in whereas we have manually disrupted our own destiny to overcome it.

Our humanistic side tends to wants to bypass or fast forward the survival mode. One contributing factor is the fact that we compare our situation to our neighbor who seems to be prospering. What we fail to realize is the struggles he may have had to go through to get to the point he is at today. As the old saying goes Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Once we learn the secret of living in survival mode, which is to treat it as an isolated event and during that season to cater to our immediate needs and not our wants, we are ready to move to the next stage. At that point we can move into thriving mode. Even in this mode we have to strategically mingle in satisfying just a few wants because there is no guarantee that we will not experience another season of famine in the near future.


Lord, I seek Your guidance to help me to make a lifestyle out of living below my means. In that way I will dispel some of the hardship and frustrations that accompany the seasons when I must revert to living in survival mode.

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