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Your Motivation Matters!

Mike and Melissa could only find jobs paying just above minimum wage. They took a look at what was really driving their lives and made a change that brought them joy and financial security. Read Transcript


Reporter: WHEN MIKE AND

MELISSA SMITHSON MARRIED,

THEY PLANNED TO LIVE THE

AMERICAN DREAM.

MELISSA GRADUATED WITH A

PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE, AND MIKE

WAS A TALENTED GRAPHIC

DESIGNER.

BUT THE ONLY WORK THEY COULD

FIND WAS A PAPER ROUTE AND

CLOSE TO MINIMUM-WAGE JOBS.

I WAS ONLY BRINGING HOME,

$250, $300 A WEEK, MAYBE.

MAYBE LESS.

WE WERE IN THE CLASSIC

SPAGHETTI, RAHMAN NOODLES.

I HAD TO BUDGET TO EVERY

SINGLE PENNY WE MADE.

SOMETIMES WE HAD TO EVEN NOT

PAY SOMETHING.

I FELT LIKE WE KEPT HITTING

BRICK WALL AFTER BRICK

WALL.

Reporter: SO MELISSA

WENT BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A

MASTERS DEGREE.

AND MIKE OPENED HIS OWN

GRAPHIC DESIGN COMPANY.

AFTER A MONTH, MIKE STARTED

RUNNING INTO THAT FINANCIAL

CHALLENGES.

AND THEN THEY SAW "THE 700

CLUB" AND IT GAVE THEM AN

IDEA.

PEOPLE WHO JOINED "THE

700 CLUB," AND HOW AMAZING

LIFE TURNED OUT FOR THEM.

Reporter: BEFORE THE

SMITHSONS ONLY GAVE WHEN IT

WAS EASY OR THEY COULD

AFFORD IT.

MIKE SAID HE GAVE WITH GOD'S

PLANS IN MIND.

MELISSA ADMITS SHE HAD AN

ULTERIOR MOTIVE.

IT WAS SO WE CAN IMPROVE

OUR FINANCES.

Reporter: BUT WHEN

THEIR FINANCES DIDN'T

IMPROVE IMMEDIATELY, MIKE'S

ATTITUDE ON GIVING TOOK A

TURN AS WELL.

IT WAS MORE, IT WAS MY

MONEY AND I WAS DONATING, SO

I DESERVE SOMETHING BACK.

Reporter: AFTER A FEW

MONTHS, BUSINESS WAS SO BAD,

IT APPEARED MIKE WOULD HAVE

TO CLOSE THIS SHOP.

THEN HE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL

FROM CBN, ASKING IF HE HAD

ANY PRAYER REQUESTS.

HE REPLIED.

I DON'T WANT MY BUSINESS

TO FAIL.

THIS IS MY LIFE.

THIS IS WHAT I ENJOY DOING.

I NEED HELP.

I STARTED TO CRY AND PRAYING

AND ASKING, LIKE, WHY?

WHAT DID I DO?

IT JUST DAWNED ON ME THAT MY

HEART WAS NOT WITH GOD.

JUST ASK FOR HIS

FORGIVENESS.

I TOLD HIM, THIS IS YOURS.

EVERYTHING IS YOURS.

Reporter: BOTH MIKE AND

MELISSA'S MOTIVATION FOR

GIVING CHANGED.

A FEW DAYS LATER, SOMEONE

SAW MIKE'S ARTWORK ON LINE,

AND ASKED HIM TO PRODUCE ALL

OF THE CREATIVE RETRO

DESIGNS FOR THE NEW JOHNNY

CASH FAN IN NASHVILLE.

I'M A HUGE JOHNNY CASH

FAN.

GOD WAS LIKE, AHA, YOU PUT

YOUR LIFE IN MY HANDS AND I

WILL TAKE YOU WHERE YOU WANT

TO GO.

IT DEFINITELY FELT LIKE

AN MIRACLE.

Reporter: MIKE SHOWED

OFF HIS WORK AT A RECENT

PRESS CONFERENCE IN

NASHVILLE.

NOT ONLY HAS BUSINESS PICKED

UP, BUT THE JOHNNY CASH

DESIGNS WILL KEEP HIM BUSY

FOR YEARS.

GOD HIT A HOMERUN.

WE HAVE THE FUNDS TO PAY OUR

BILLS AND EVERYTHING WE

NEED.

Reporter: FOR ANYONE

STRUGGLING WITH THEIR

FINANCES, THE SMITHSONS

OFFER THIS...

I HAVE LEARNED WITH

DONATING TO CBN, THE MONEY

IS NOT MINE.

IT'S GOD'S.

IF YOU'RE LIVING PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK, YOU CAN STILL

DONATE.

YOU JUST HAVE TO TRUST.

AND HE WILL BLESS YOU IN SO

MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, WHETHER

IT IS SPIRITUALLY OR

FINANCIALLY, HE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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