Everywhere I go, I hear the same thing —
- “Everything would be great if I just made more money.”
- “Nothing’s wrong in my life that a little money couldn’t fix.”
- “Once I get enough in the bank, THEN I can relax.”
Money may not be everything, but it sure helps to ease the burdens of life, doesn’t it?
Well, I’m certainly not going to tell you it’s wrong to want money, and I’m not going to preach about the poor and meek inheriting the earth. Personally, I think all that is BS.
We are here on this Earth to ENJOY LIFE! Being poor isn’t exactly enjoyable, is it?
And if you really get into the stories in the Bible, you see that those who were considered “good” were also generally rich, and their riches were generally considered to be “gifts from God”.
So God WANTS us to be rich. Or at least God wants to reward us with riches for doing the right things.
And what are the right things?
As Christ says, the highest ‘commandment’ is to, “love God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy spirit.”
Pretty easy to do, right?
According to Christ, the 2nd highest ‘commandment’ is like the first, “to also love thy neighbor AS THYSELF.”
In other words, “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”
Okay, enough biblical references. This isn’t a sermon.
The idea here is that you don’t have to follow a strict set of guidelines to ‘earn’ riches. You just have to appreciate the giver of Life, and the expressions of Life you see every day.
I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about the power of gratitude and how it can attract wonderful things into your life. If not, just do a search online and you’ll see thousands of references.
Here’s something you may not heard. The power of gratitude is based on the power of belief.
To be grateful for something is an emotional response to believing that the thing you’re grateful for, is good.
It also comes (at least in it’s natural form) when we believe that more good things will come into our life. It’s easy to be grateful for a paycheck if you believe that others will be received on a regular basis. It isn’t so easy to be grateful for the same paycheck if it’s the last one you’ll ever get.
And this leads us into today’s story. A real estate agent had run into hard times. Despite doing everything he was supposed to do, it seemed he just couldn’t sell any property.
Upon close introspection, he found that the source of his problem was that he believed the money supply was limited and controlled by a small group of people. He believed that there was only so much money in the world, and he had to take money away from others in order to have it for himself.
Here’s what he had to say about his transformation:
“I erased from my mind the idea of competition. I decided I am here to create, and that there are countless billions of dollars worth of gold in the soil of the world, not yet discovered. I know that the day will come when scientists will synthetically create gold and any other metal. I ceased driving sharp bargains, cutting corners, and taking advantage of others because of their ignorance or lack of awareness. I stopped coveting the promotions and riches of others. I decided that I could have anything without taking anything away from others. I have become a producer and a cooperator, instead of a competitor.
“My prayer has been as follows for 3 months, ‘The limitless riches of God are flowing to me as fast as I can receive and use them, and every other man gets richer day by day.’ This new attitude has worked miracles in my life, and my income has trebled in 3 months!”
As you can see, once he chose to believe in an unlimited money supply and abundant riches for all, his own income increased dramatically.