Steve Harvey is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. The following extract is taken from his latest book JUMP:
LIFE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
“It’s awful to wake up and feel like you can’t take care of your family how you want to. I was not deterred. I had experienced all kinds of money issues in my life. I have been in every economic situation you can be in. I’ve been dirt poor. I’ve been homeless. I’ve lived check to check. At each of those challenging moments in my life, I kept my faith, and it saw me through. This new problem would be no different.
I got my plan together to pay o the debt. I have always been committed to a strong work ethic. I was no stranger to hard work. I come from a family of hard workers. My father gave me my work ethic. I watched him work hard every day. He worked first as a coal miner because that’s the type of work he could get in rural West Virginia. Then he started working in construction, and eventually became a foreman.
I was cut from the same cloth. The only time I’m ever still is when I am on va- cation and need to recharge my batteries. That is the only time I am intentionally not productive. When I go to bed at night I recharge my batteries, but I’m right back at it the next day. I believe that if I take one step, God will take two. So why would I not keep stepping? If I’m doing one and He’s doing two, I’m going to get along a lot faster than not taking any steps. But often people will put all the pressure on God. “I don’t know why God isn’t blessing me,” they’ll say. Yet they haven’t given God anything to bless. God can bless your steps if you are taking some. He cannot bless your steps if you are not taking any. “Oh Lord, I can’t find a job!” You pray and lament, yet you haven’t left the house! I believe in putting my hope in motion. You gotta give God something to work with!”
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*From JUMP by Steve Harvey © 2016. Reprinted courtesy of Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.