All that I have is Good

I once read that real prosperity lies in learning to want what we already have. It’s easy to feel this way when we’re in the middle of a dream vacation, but what about when we’re mired in what appears to be lack?

It can be a challenge to want what we have when it seems our dreams are delayed, our goals feel impossible and paydays move further away from us than the bills that wait for them. In these very moments however, lie the opportunities to not only shift our immediate experience, but to seed the beginnings of even greater prosperity.

The master teacher, Jesus taught:

10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?.[Luke 16:10-11]

In Christian circles this verse is often used to teach that the love of money is ungodly. In New Thought we don’t teach it quite the same way, but the essence of the message remains intact across cultures and doctrine.

Most of us strive for more money because it seems that more money will mean more options to do the things we want to do, and enjoy. There can hardly be inherent wrong in simply wanting to enjoy more of life, except we do seem to twist it around a bit – especially in Western culture. We get all hung up on acquiring the money, since we know the cost of things we think will make us happy.

The whisper of truth in this verse and in life is that being happy and enjoying life comes to us in moments that very often require no money. I believe that the biblical verse is asking us if we can be faithful (enjoy!) in these small moments. Can we recognize them as perfection and enjoy them to their fullest? When we do, we will be trusted with more; with the “true riches of heaven“.  If we disregard them – are dishonest in little things – how can we be trusted with anything greater?  And so we remain mired in lack and unhappiness.

We attract more good into our lives when we show in word and in action that we are grateful or faithful; recognizing the good that is already here, right now. I have experienced the power of this energetic commitment and you can too when you let go of the attachment to money or it’s evidence in modern culture (e.g. living in a certain house or neighborhood; driving a certain car, making a specific salary, getting a specific job title) and focus your appreciation on the good that pours into your life in every moment.

Money is great, but most of us want more of it so that we can enjoy more of life, and feel better!

New Thought teachers share two important concepts in this regard: 1) GRATITUDE is a powerful manifestation tool (give thanks for what you do have), and 2) live as if your desires are already here, or as Wayne Dyer liked to say,

“Begin with the end in mind. Start with the end outcome and work backwards to make your dream possible.”  [Dr. Wayne Dyer]

In Christian circles, gratitude is often called counting your blessings. The doctrinal perspective matters little; the truth remains constant. When we learn to want what we have, be faithful in the small things, count our blessings, live as if all that we want is already ours… we will move from an experience of lack to one of abundance.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Law** has done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Law** has done.

Count Your Blessings

And so it is.

** in metaphysical studies, the term Lord is often changed to Law, representing universal, spiritual Truth

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