How to Cope When You Don’t Have Customers
“We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be”
– Psalm 74:9.
One time I was in a tough place financially, and the phone rang for someone to schedule me to consult for them three months later. I was discouraged before the phone rang and was greatly encouraged after the call. Then I thought, “Hey, there won’t be any money from that call for three months. Why do I feel so much better?” Then I reasoned, “If I could feel so much better after the call, how can I feel that way before the call?” When you are in a tough season, the toughest part can be not knowing how long the season will last. Therefore, it is important to encourage yourself today by thinking, “I am just a phone call, unexpected event, chance meeting, sales call, test score, or doctor’s visit away from my “breakthrough” and then to live and behave like that breakthrough has already taken place. David did this before he went into a battle to recover his loved ones: “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6b KJV). Do you need to encourage yourself today rather than wait for others to do it? Can you encourage yourself with the thought that you are only one something away from victory, while not knowing when that one something will occur?
Today’s reading – Psalms 71-75
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.
John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.