*Liya and her husband, *Aaron, moved to Israel from Africa with their four young children. Due to complications with Aaron’s status and decisions that were made, the family was soon thrown into a financial crisis. Liya tried saving money wherever she could including taking their youngest out of daycare. But the burden of the situation weighed heavily on her mind and emotions. She began to feel hopeless and in despair. Every day that passed she became less and less motivated to do anything for anyone, including herself.
When Liya learned of the work of CBN Israel, she quickly made an appointment with Arik, the financial adviser. According to Liya, “this was the moment everything changed”. Arik shared with Liya from his own experience about the importance of taking responsibility for her life and that there was no benefit in blaming someone else. If she wanted to see change in her family, she needed to be the one to act. When Liya heard these words, depression left and hope rushed in to fill it’s place. It was as if she went from thinking from the fog of her circumstances to an elevated perspective with a broader view.
The very next day, Liya woke up with determination to make a change. She was determined to find a job. “Anything will do”, she thought to herself. “One thing will lead to another”.
Her pursuit for work paid off as Liya found a job in caring for an elderly woman. As she applied herself in her work, word got out and more caretaker opportunities began to open up. Even at an unexpected time, she experienced yet another unexpected surprise.
In a casual conversation with her daughter’s former daycare teacher, she expressed her hopes to put her daughter back in just as soon as she could afford it. The next thing she knew, Liya was being offered a job to become the manager of the afternoon shift! This position meant that she could not only spend time with her daughter in the daycare, but that her child’s attendance would be free. She was further granted permission for her older children to join them in the daycare after school.
As Liya reflected on all that had happened in just three short weeks since the day her perspective changed, she remembered a question Arik had asked her during their meeting together. “If you could have a job doing anything you like, what would it be”? “Education!” she answered him. It had always been her desire to work with children.
Recently, Liya shared with Arik, “God used you and the team of CBN Israel as a spiritual pipeline in my life. Something was blocked and you came just in time to remove what was blocking and to restore life, hope and security for me.”
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”- Charles Swindoll.
*Names in this article have been altered for privacy