Authentic Conversations with Andy Mason
017 Be As Shrewd As a Snake

017 Be As Shrewd As a Snake

December 3, 2019

Welcome to the conversation!

I like to take action quickly. This applies when helping others and to investment opportunities. A business friend of mine needed help with his cash flow for a short period of time. So, being a good friend, I didn’t hesitate to lend him some money because “A good man deals graciously and lends…” Ps 112:5

However, the situation turned out to be a lot bigger than a simple cashflow problem. My friend was not able to repay as he intended and that left me in the awkward position of having to have a painful conversation with him and with my wife.

So where did I go wrong? Shouldn’t we always respond to the needs around us out of generosity and brotherly kindness? When you feel compassion shouldn’t you just act?

It turns out the answer is NO. Compassion is only part of the equation. Check this out:

“A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken…” Psalms 112:5, 6

To guide your affairs with discretion means that you make the decision carefully, cautiously, with wariness. You have your eyes wide open and do the due diligence.

I didn’t. I was simply moved by the situation. If I had showed more discretion I would have asked more questions… BEFORE lending or investing. It doesn’t mean that my decision would have been different, but it would have saved a lot of the surprises and pain.

Jesus commanded us to be as shrewd as snakes AND innocent as doves (see Matthew 10:16).mSnakes don’t blink; they sleep with their eyes open.

It is easy to be as innocent or even naïve as a dove but we are commanded to be BOTH innocent AND shrewd (showing sharp powers of judgment). I know I need to grow in the shrewdness!

So here’s what I’m learning:

  • Do the due diligence.
  • Ask the hard questions and/or have people around you who will.
  • Trust God has more than one opportunity for you to part of the solution and/or investment.
  • Be patient, not motivated by the pain of someone else’s problem or the fear of missing out.

And ultimately…

  • Read the full instructions before proceeding!

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016 You Won’t Be Ashamed

016 You Won’t Be Ashamed

November 26, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! In this episode I share some great news about our miracle house story then unpack my secret source of staying full of hope in the crazy up's and down's of life. Through the last few years we have had CRAZY times - wildfire, snowmageddon, relationship conflict, intense health battles, financial difficulty and more... In this episode I share one of my journal entries that Janine and I have turned into a devotional that will help YOU find hope in crazy times. We have taken 30 of these journal entries over the last couple years and turned it into a book that will be published Feb 2020. If you want to get the jump on it and receive some free chapters, add your email to our newsletter on AndyandJanine.com.

 

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015 How to Access Greater Power

015 How to Access Greater Power

November 19, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! If you are facing an overwhelming challenge, this episode is for you. Whether your situation is health, relationships, night terrors or something else outside your control, listen to find out how to access the power to do what you cannot. In the episode I share some personal stories and those of friends of mine who have accessed power to change the weather, end a 30 year dependency on medication, restore health, end night terrors and more. At the end I refer to a great followup resource book called The Power of Communion : Accessing Miracles through the body and blood of Jesus, by Beni Johnson. You can grab a copy on most online bookstores.

 

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014 Divine Conspiracies

014 Divine Conspiracies

November 12, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! The person you are serving or working with right now may be the key to your future in a couple years time. Pay attention! In this episode I join the dots between connections I have made over the last few years and how they have opened doors and further connections that astound me. You are a masterpiece being carefully pieced together to display a phenomenal picture of the goodness of God. Enjoy the process! 

 

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013 Compassion or Celebration

013 Compassion or Celebration

November 5, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! In this episode, Janine talks about the challenge of being in pain and without power while I was in Bali on a business trip. As my family was navigating no lights, I happened to send through a video expressing how much I love them.... with bright lights, rooftop swimming pool and amazing view in the background. Hmmmmm... How do you walk the tightrope of celebrating others victory while at the very same time having compassion for people in the midst of difficulty?

 

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012 Joy in the Journey

012 Joy in the Journey

October 29, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! In this episode, Janine and I talk about how we find and keep joy, especially when life is challenging. We also have a surprise guest and I gave a two minute summary of The Book of Joy featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. May you find joy in ALL of life  

 

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011 How to find Purpose

011 How to find Purpose

October 22, 2019

Welcome to the conversation. In this episode Andy is with us from Cape Town South Africa and shares his personal journey of how to find and live from purpose. First ask the hand that created you. Then look for times in your life where you have felt fully alive or expressed 'I was born for this!' If you want a great resource to help you discover and align with purpose through the dreams and desires of your heart, then grab a copy of Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life (see Amazon.com).

 

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010 When Hope Hurts

010 When Hope Hurts

October 15, 2019

Welcome to the conversation. In this episode Janine Mason talks through hope and disappointment. It's impossible to have hope and not risk being hurt. Faith is different. Listen to hear her story and how we can regain hope even when we know the cost.

 

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009 Why am I so Restless?

009 Why am I so Restless?

October 8, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! In this episode, I process why Ive been so unfocussed and restless lately. Not only did I work out and solve the heart of the problem, I also discovered a practical key/image to help me keep my focus. May it help you the same.

 

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008 If Only You Would Ask

008 If Only You Would Ask

October 1, 2019

Welcome to the conversation! In this episode, I share my recent experience of learning to ask for help - specifically financial help. I was confronted with a bunch of beliefs that had isolated me for years - fear of losing connection, fear of failure.... But the result of asking ONLY made my relationships DEEPER and resulted in a phenomenal financial miracle that enabled us to get into our dream home. 

So what is stopping you from asking for help?

 

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