Daily Devotional – 4/24/18 “Return on Investment!”

Today is one of those days where the enemy is trying to creep into my thoughts. See, if he gets me to second guess some stuff and worry about some more stuff; he wins. NOT TUH-DAY! What I have come to understand is this, I am not exempt. Yes, I am faithful in my walk with God. I study, pray, go to worship, preach, encourage, give when I don’t have it, go when I don’t feel like it and even pray for people I don’t know but I am NOT exempt. Yes, I am a co-pastor of a church but I also clean that same church after service but I am not exempt. What I am, I am an investor which means I may have to lose in order to win but I am not exempt from the toil. Oh but get this, everything I have had to go through was paying into my investment. Everything I have to go through, it’s paying into my investment because every now and then I get a ROI or a Return on Investment. This means, I get some stuff back for the all the stuff I have had to endure and/or pay out.

In other words …

When I suffer, I am sowing into my savings that pays off in surpluses (an amount of something left over when requirements have been met).

When I am in pain, I am planting into another project that has the potential to provide a profit.

When agony has to be my allowance, I abide because it is making my assets abundant.

When I cry, it’s simply a cost I have to compensate in order to one day get my commission.

So now, instead of wallowing in my pit, I rejoice. Instead of being upset at what I don’t have, at the moment; I rejoice knowing it’ll soon pay off. However, it’ll only pay off if I invest. If that happens to mean days of not having, so be it. If it might mean, nights of crying, so be it. If it means, losing some folk, so be it because I need a ROI and the only way I can get it, I have to first invest. What are you willing to invest in order to get a return? Understand something, it may hurt (on the front end) but it’ll be worth it when it pays off.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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