When Teri Gault, Founder of the Grocery Game came to Denver a few years back to appear on local news, she needed a Denver area grocery shopper to go to the store with her. She chose me.
I learned some practical things from her about grocery shopping but I learned some more important lessons from her life and example, and that is what I’d like to share with you today.
One of the most important lessons I learned from Teri Gault is to use adversity to my advantage. Most of us run from adversity — for good reason; it’s painful! But adversity can lead to blessing and prosperity, when we embrace it, and find the good that God has for us in the midst of it.
The Grocery Game, which is now a thriving business and a tremendous help to many, was born out of adversity. Teri Gault’s husband had lost his job, and they were flat broke. Out of desperation, she had to come up with a way to feed her family on less money.
She developed her bargain grocery saving techniques during this time, as a way to make their food dollars stretch. It was all about survival in the beginning! We’ve all heard the saying the desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is exactly what the deal was. Times were desperate, and so ways to save money had to be devised in order to survive.
Another important lesson that learned from Teri Gault was to seek to bless others, even in the midst of adversity. As Teri began to learn ways to save money on groceries, she didn’t keep that knowledge to herself. She shared her great finds, and how to combine coupons with sales with her friends and family.
Her initial intent was not to start a business, so she simply shared her knowledge and information about bargains with others, free of charge. The friends and family she shared her grocery savings tips with were blessed by her knowledge and wisdom in this area and thus urged her to share her knowledge with others.
And thus, The Grocery Game was born, not out of greed, but out of desperation and a desire to help others.
Teri Gault is a great example to me about how to take hard times, and learn from them, grow from them, and ultimately bless others as a result of them. When I look at it that way, I find that I’m extremely blessed in difficult times, even though those times may not seem like a blessing when they first come to me.
The blessing comes about when I handle adversity in the right way.