Survival Lessons from a Lame Beggar
I got this inspiration reading about the lame man in the Christian Bible, in the Acts of the Apostles. The account has it that he was lame, but he was always brought to the gate of the temple (Beautiful Gate), so he could beg alms from worshippers.
To be lame means to not have the capacity to walk; to not have the freedom or luxury to do the things you love to do. This may be financial, relationship, career, business, etc.
A lame person desires a change so badly but doesn’t have what it takes to make it happen.
What can we learn from this lame man?
The desire and passion to succeed is all written over this man. He had let go of everything called shame and won’t mind people carry him around. He must survive. He must pay his bills.
One of the songs I used to like growing up was this hymn:
ʜᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴅᴏᴡɴ, ɴᴇᴇᴅs ғᴇᴀʀ ɴᴏ ғᴀʟʟ
ʜᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ʟᴏᴡ ɴᴏ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ
ʜᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ʜᴜᴍʙʟᴇ ᴇᴠᴇʀ sʜᴀʟʟ
ᴀsᴋ ɢᴏᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜɪs ɢᴜɪᴅᴇ
When you are “lame”, drop your pride, and allow anyone who is willing or available to carry you on their back. Forget the shame and focus on results.
SHOW UP DAILY:
I love the emphasis on the fact that they bring him to that temple daily. Like in every endeavor, there will be good and bad days. But this lame man just never quits. For years, he keeps showing up DAILY.
This lame chose a good spot.
He was visible to people who mattered to him. He understood the psyche of worshippers.
Many worshippers then
- Loved to be seen as generous
- Wanted to show mercy so they can also receive mercy from God
- Believed whatever they gave would come back to them
He showed up and chose a good spot where many worshippers would love to pass.
Though he showed up daily, he also understood the “peak period” when he will see more customers at the same time: that was about the time of worship.
Manage your energy well. Know when to muster all your resources towards a particular outcome.
This man didn’t care who was passing by: young or old, black or white, beautiful or not, Jew or non-Jew, high or low. Class didn’t matter to him, nor religion, nor race, nor color, as long as he achieved his target for that day.
Actively ask for help. Expect that you will receive it. Keep asking.
This lame man was obviously looking out for money. But he wasn’t too fixated as to lose sight of other possibilities.
When Peter said, “We don’t have Silver and Gold…” I’m sure he may be thinking, “So, why are you standing there?” But he was patient not to have said something to make Peter change his mind.
Our goal should be to succeed; we should not be too rigid on how it happens or through whom.
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