“Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. Thus you and your sons shall live by means of the rest of the oil.”
2 Kings (4 Kingdoms) 4:7 (read 4:1-7)
I don’t pastor a large and wealthy mega-church. Not all state employees are getting fat off of taxpayers. My wife is mentally and physically disabled. Needless to say, I have a tendency to have more month than money. Plus, there are educational goals I would like to accomplish as an informal environmental educator and in religion. Yes, I am applying to other jobs to help fill in the gaps. But, bills and objectives tend not to wait.
There was a widow who was so deep in debt that the creditor was going to take her sons as slaves. Rather than give her help, the Prophet Elisha showed her how to help herself. In a nutshell, “Get a bunch of empty jars from your neighbors and fill them with the oil you already have. Sell the jars of oil and you will have enough to pay your debt and live off of the rest.” As a devout Christian, I have no problem using common sense solutions from the Bible.
I have a sales site for my photography, Baystride Images. These are a few of my favorite photos I have created over the past couple of years. You can order prints of various sizes and gifts of these images as well. A 14″x16″ of a shoreline sunrise or a bald eagle coffee mug would be great additions to your home or office. Or, why rush out and shop for a present from a big corporation when you can help a starving artist?
And what will this money go to? I do have some immediate objectives:
- medical bills
- dental bills
- Virginia Master Naturalist application
- Expenses to attend the Ancient Faith & Afro-American Conference
In the long-term, I would love to pursue a masters in religion and purchase a Pentax K-5II. But, taking care of these first four issues would answer my prayers. Even if you do not wish to make a purchase, feel free to browse and visit by photography & nature blog, Baystride Images Journal. I solicit your assistance, business, and (above all) prayers. May God bless you for your time.