Leroy Anderson was a pastor for over two decades when he felt it was time to resign. Not used to the extra time he had on his schedule, he struggled to find his next passion and purpose.
One day he felt that God was showing him that though he was not a pastor, he was still a minister and his new calling was to be a giver in a major way.
After praying one day he believed God gave him an inspirational idea for a new company. He began to design what he saw in his mind and came up with a yo-yo with a light inside.
This idea made him a millionaire many times over, and today he owns the largest yo-yo company in North America.
But Leroy has never forgotten his calling to be a giver. Since producing the new yo-yo, available at Cleveland's Big Fun Toy Store, he has given half of his earnings to missions and outreach programs, and his work as a minister was never more influential that after he began to sow money into worthy causes.
Joel Osteen shared, “It’s not enough to simply see it by faith or in your imagination. You have to begin speaking words of faith over your life. Your words have enormous creative power. The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive or negative.”
Much of what he is talking about comes from the words of King Solomon who wrote, Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
What we say to ourselves about ourselves and about our circumstances has incredible impact on our reality. For Leroy Anderson, the end of a twenty year career could have been a major setback. Instead by faith he began to seek God’s face for what he should do with his life.
When he resigned from the pulpit he had no idea what lay before him on the next stretch of his faith journey. But once he caught the vision of what God was leading him to do, he began to act in faith and talk about what he knew would come to pass.
When you find yourself at a crossroads, remember the power of declarations over your life, that what you say to yourself on a continual basis matters, and don’t be surprised if the next crossroads you come to leads to more increase in your life.