Introducing Jean Bons The Teachable Spirit

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Introducing Jean Bons The Teachable Spirit

I am Jean Bons and I have an MBA and an MPA; I am also an instructor at Everest College. I have been in business for thirty years. I have had my own business as a tailor and been involved in a number of network marketing businesses. Recently, I created a website for the teachable spirit and am pursuing a business online, so that I can go to Kenya and teach professional development to a group of people that I met when I was there in February 2013.

What I want to share with you is something that I have learned through many years of pursuing business; I think it is relevant because I think that in pursuing our faith, we think there is an issue about money. I want to share with you what I have learned recently and I hope that you will go home and research this for yourself and see if this is something you also find in the scripture.

The children of Ingrid Education Centre do not seem to object to the dirt floors or concrete walls, October 2012.

The children of Ingrid Education Centre do not seem to object to the dirt floors or concrete walls, October 2012.

There is on one hand, this idea of prosperity and the prosperity message, which is difficult to grasp. On the other hand, you go to Kenya, or even in our beautiful country, and you find people in poverty. Neither one of these circumstances make sense to me. For years, I wanted abundance and prosperity. But, how do you look at poverty? How do you deal with that as a believer? What do you do with yourself? It is overwhelming.

When I came back from Kenya, I laid in bed; I did not know what to do with myself. Through the process of developing my business, the individual that I met through a connection I made online told me to read this book called, The Soul of Money. The woman who wrote it is Lynne Twist; she has been in 50 countries and raised millions of dollars for Project Hunger. She found that in every country, in every situation, there is this issue of “not

Passing out books to the children of Ingrid from my mother.

Passing out books to the children of Ingrid from my mother.

enough,” of lack, of insufficiency. I thought it was just something I was raised with.

In every country, in every situation, people had this idea there is not enough. Is that scriptural? Does that fit with what we know the Word of God says? So what’s really going on? Lynne Twist says,

“We forget that we created the idea of money.”

I would like to challenge you to see what I see in scripture, which is that we have enough, we are enough. The scripture says,

Providing music books and materials as resources for the music teacher at Ingrid Education Centre, February 2013.

Providing music books and materials as resources for the music teacher at Ingrid Education Centre, February 2013.

“He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.” –Phil. 4:19

  • What does that mean?
  • How does that look? 

Lynne Twist says that we are stewards of what God has given us, our resources.

  • How do we steward our time, our money, our talent, the things that we can do, and all that God has given us?
  • How do we stand in “that is enough”?
  • Isn’t the Word of God the same whether I am here in America or if I am in Kenya?

I desire to stand with the people in Kenya who have nothing and who are helping people who have less than nothing, and say to them, the Word of God is just as true for you as it is for me in America; and not let them look at me and say,

“Well, you are a white woman; you have everything.”

Really? As long as you have the Word of God, you have everything. Prosperity and abundance is learning how to take the scripture and use it in a way that is resourceful while stewarding our resources.

The springs of En Gedi, which flow down and are just above the Dead Sea, July 2007. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

The springs of En Gedi, which flow down and are just above the Dead Sea, July 2007. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

I was completely taken back when I thought, here is something between poverty and abundance, which is sufficiency, and it totally fits the Word of God! There is enough. Do we have enough air to breathe? Do we have enough to eat? Do we have enough time? And yet, what is it? It is our mental state, our thinking that causes us to consider that we do not have enough. When I grew up it was always this race to eat the last cookie! We can only wear one pair of shoes at a time!

When I came into that paradigm shift in my head, I realized, the things I thought I needed is not what I needed; it completely changed my thinking.

When I grew up, my mom always said,

Front entrance to my current home, September 2012.

Front entrance to my current home, September 2012.

“You need to have your own home.”

When you find your purpose, then you can identify your needs. Growing up it always seemed that it was easier helping other people figure out their needs than identifying your own. I have to stand in my own strength and identify my own needs first before I can go help someone in Kenya, which means, financial security. If I am going to go to Kenya four times a year or whatever, and share what I know about the Word of God with the people in Kenya, I have to have the financial freedom to do that. An employer is great for the time being, but ultimately will not give me the flexibility, autonomy, or pay me enough to achieve that goal.

I have always been on the stance of trying to figure out the whole business thing, and I cannot do it by myself. I have to be coming from someplace to be going to someplace, right?  I am excited to be part of a core of people who come together, who love the Lord, who also want to pursue business, and who understand that prosperity actually means sufficiency, not just the huge house, the huge car, and a huge bank account. It starts with identifying what you need, having a teachable spirit, and being clear about

My cats enjoying the warmth of the hood of my El Camino: from left to right, Natasha and Alexander, December 2013.

My cats enjoying the warmth of the hood of my El Camino: from left to right, Natasha and Alexander, December 2013.

what you need.

To be sufficient, this is what I need: I need financial freedom, I need to be able to go out and not worry about mowing my lawn. I need to know that there is someone I can trust who is going to take care of my car. I have a wonderful 30 year old El Camino that I want to take care of.

I challenge you to look at scripture and see if this is not the right way to think about entrepreneurship. I am so thrilled and thankful that you are listening to me right now because this is something I have spent 30 years trying to find, looking for the answer in business. How do we stand in

Speaking before my peers on the impact of the GED, February 2014.

Speaking before my peers on the impact of the GED, February 2014.

business and fit it with the Word of God? I love network marketing, but typically they promote fancy cars and marvelous houses. It just did not fit with me; I could not figure out why because I think network marketing is fabulous.

Being successful in business requires that you identify your personal need to do the mission God has put you on this earth to fulfill, whatever that is. And then you can go from there to seek those things that you need so that you can stand in that strength to go and do the thing that God is putting in your heart to fulfill. What does the scripture say?

We were created before the foundation of the world to do good works. –Ephesians 2:10

Those things, those desires in your heart are the things that God has given you to do on this earth.

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