Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Success Strategies: Resourcefulness
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
Mark 2:3-4 (NKJV)
Resourcefulness, a.k.a. initiative or ingenuity, is a success strategy common to leaders.

It's thinking beyond your peer group. It's looking for a better way. It's taking an uncommon path through common obstacles. When you're looking for a miracle, resourcefulness brings success.

Consider the four men who carried a paralytic to Jesus. The crowd was so large, they couldn't get near Him. Most people would have waited and hoped for an opening--but not them.

At least one of them had the brilliant idea to climb the roof, remove some tiles, and lower their friend to the Healer. The rest agreed. The process sounds risky, not easy. (They all could have fallen. Jesus could have been angry...)

But they took the risk, and succeeded. Jesus considered their resourcefulness an act of faith--and the paralytic was healed. Mission accomplished

In Mark 7, Jesus was approached by a Greek woman with a demon-possessed daughter who sought her daughter's deliverance.* She had two strikes against her request:

1) She was a woman, and women did not approach men.
2) She was a Gentile, and Gentiles did not approach Jews.

Nevertheless, she came to Jesus and fell at His feet. At first, He seemed unwilling to help her--because His first order of business was toward His kin. But she wouldn't give up. Politely, she debated the King of kings. Her act of resourcefulness was unprecedented. Its conclusion? Success! Her daughter was healed.

Actors, models and talent for Christ must take the lead with unusual initiative. Because unusual initiative gains attention in Heaven and Hollywood.

God promotes people of resourcefulness. Therein, resourcefulness is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Resourcefulness (Part 5)

*A Gentile Shows Her Faith:

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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