Daily Devotional – 10/19/18 “There’s a reason!”

There is a reason. Yea, there is a reason God isn’t allowing the doors to open, right now. There is a reason God isn’t allowing the invitations to be extended. There is a reason God has you working but in the same place. What’s the reason, in order to increase your value. Think about it. You can create an outfit, write a book, develop a screenplay, preach heaven down, deliver folk with your mouth and your hands and nobody even knows your name. You can be the best in your city and still overlooked. Your work can be loved by a lot of people and it still goes nowhere. Yet, you keep working. You don’t give up, you keep creating because soon enough, you and your gifts will land in the right hands. And by the it happens, you’ll have your catalog stacked. By the time it makes it onto the right person’s desk, you’ll have plenty to offer. Why? Because God allowed you to not be seen until He increased the value of your gift. See, had you made it with the first book, you would have been eager to sell it and not gotten what it was worth. Had your first design made it, you would have sold your items for far cheaper than what they were worth. Had you been given access to the big stage, early in your preaching ministry, you would have messed things up. Oh but because God kept you sheltered while He increased your worth, YOU KNOW YOUR WORTH.

Beloved, I know you think you’re ready but if you jump out there too soon, folk will only pay you what they think your value is. And get this … you’ll accept it because you don’t think you can get any better. Well, I am here to tell you, that’s a lie, a whole lie and nothing but a lie. I know you’re ready for the increase in your finances. I know you look at other people’s books on the best seller list in anticipation of being there. I know you are admiring the conference fliers, longing for the day your picture is there. I know you are looking at your bank account, praying the day will come when you stop living paycheck to paycheck. I know you feel ready but don’t miss what God is trying to give you, in this moment. That’s why you have to wait until God says move. Wait, while God increases the value of your gifts. Wait, while God increases your worth. Wait, while God does the work because then nobody will be able to shortchange you without consequences. Don’t sell your rights because then you’ll have to fight to get them back. Instead hold them until people are fighting to get next to you. Then, they’ll pay what you’re worth and some! God is working on you and for you. Trust Him and His reasons.

“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.” Luke 12:6-7 MSG

Daily Devotional – 3/2/18 “My worth is nonnegotiable!”

When you go to an auction, the auctioneer usually sets a minimum opening bid on the item being auctioned. This minimum is generally set based on a percentage of the item’s fair market value and it is fixed, meaning there is no negotiating the starting bid. This is because the auctioneer has done their research and know the value of the item being sold. Then a person can choose to bid or not, it’s totally their choice. However, their decision is based on also knowing the value of the item and whether the lowest amount the auctioneer is willing to accept, fits. Now, if people go through all of this for the sale of material things, why in the heaven are you negotiating the worth of your virtue? You do realize not knowing your worth allows a person to lowball your value, right? Think about it. A man or woman is only going to give you what you willingly accept. And get this, they can know you’re valuable but why offer to pay you like top shelf when you’re willing to accept the knock off price? You have to know your worth and stick to it, even if there is a long period of time when no one is willing to buy.

As an author, I see electronic books priced from $5.99 to $13.99 and they sell. You know why? It’s because the author isn’t willing to compromise. Either a reader buys it or they don’t. So, why are you willing to compromise your worth? It’s doesn’t matter if you are selling something materialistic or if you are looking for a relationship, STOP LOWBALLING YOUR VALUE! My friend TJ Jefferson, a marketing specialist, recently wrote a book titled “Stop Being Disrespectful by Low-balling Your Fees: A guide to pricing your service-based business within industry standards,” where she says, “We aren’t making a real profit because we are significantly under charging for the services we provide.” STOP! You’ve got to know your worth, ma’am and sir. I don’t care if it’s a hair bow made out of dollar store ribbon, know what it is worth. And you doggone sure better know who you are and the value you can add to a relationship. Have the conversations and if they aren’t willing to pay it, respectfully decline. Sure, you can have negotiations but don’t go below your minimum. I don’t know about you but I know my worth and it is nonnegotiable. What about you?