Making Daddy Proud – With / Without Prosperity

I just had another epiphany this week. May not be a new thought to you, but here it is:

What do you want for your children? What kind of a life do you hope they’ll enjoy? How do you envision their future… do you see them with a beautiful family of their own? Do you see them doing well in their chosen occupation? At least, is that what you would hope for them?

Above all, wouldn’t you hope that they find joy in a life of wonderful accomplishments? That they would feel the thrill of overcoming challenges and realizing the potential you know they have?

How would you feel, in your old age, to have your child visit you, announcing, “I’ve done you proud, Dad… I’m just what you hoped I would be: a beggar on the street.”

It would be an absurdity.

So, then suppose you talk with him for a while and eventually realize that all these years he thought you’d be the most pleased with him if he remained poor. He thought you’d look upon him with disapproval if he moved out of the slums. Perhaps he thought you’d be angry if he ended up with more money than his bills required.

Of course you wouldn’t want him to remain a beggar. Nor would you be angry with him if he was successful at building a beautiful life for his wife and children. As a father, isn’t that what you’d hope for him? Wouldn’t you hope that he was successful at providing for his family, with more than enough to also bring relief to others in need? Wouldn’t YOU hope your children would grow up to enjoy true prosperity?

If God the Father is the kind of father I imagine Him to be, then I suspect He would feel the same way about us, His children. I don’t think we please Him with our poverty. That’s not to say we disappoint Him with it either. I believe we invoke His compassion, and then He invites us to receive more of the blessings He has available.

Our job is to align our will to His and then learn how to receive. Learning how to receive does not always come naturally. If we don’t have the life we want, there may be some lessons for us to learn in how to receive that could make all the difference.

It’s common to fear prosperity, because after all, who wants to disappoint God, or invoke His wrath? Not I. If the reason you need and want prosperity is to accomplish more of what you feel God wants you to do, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that the desire is good, right, and worthy?

Then, how do you avoid the traps warned about in the Bible (for example), regarding wealth? How do you receive what you need without asking too much? What’s too much, anyway? If you own a computer, do you realize you are already more wealthy than the majority of the people on this planet?? If you are, does that mean you should hang your head in shame? Just something to think about.

For more on this topic and for some amazingly powerful answers, read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters.


Choose Your Rock Bottom, Then Prosper

Recently it was necessary for me to write “my story” again, explaining the circumstances around how we discovered the prinicples I now teach and tripled our income in just a few months. As I wrote, I mentioned how I had personally hit an emotional “rock bottom” just before things began to turn around.

I stopped and pondered that. For us, things were pretty bad at the time, but looking back I now realize that there are other people on the planet who are much worse off than we were, when we felt it couldn’t get any worse. We weren’t homeless, we weren’t in jail, nobody was dying… No, we were just strapped financially and severely depressed. Prosperity seemed to elude us at every turn.

As I continued to ponder this, I remembered a number of other people’s success stories I’ve heard, and it seems to be a common thing to hear them mention hitting “rock bottom”. A ball won’t bounce back until it’s hit the ground. It seems to be a natural thing for human kind to begin to head upward only after hitting an ultimate low.

For some, rock bottom was jail. For others, it meant living in their car.

Do you realize what this means? Rock bottom will be different for everyone. Rock bottom is where life has become so intolerable that something inside of you finally looks heavenward and says, “I surrender. I can’t do this anymore. Show me the way.”

In my experience, there were plenty of times where I said, “I can’t do this anymore.” But the upturn only happened after I really surrendered. It’s when the words “I can’t do this anymore” came from a humble place, instead of a frustrated, angry place.

For me it was when I stopped trying to do things “my way” and was finally willing to really do what all the gurus had been trying to teach me. It means saying “I am finally ready to listen, and do.”

It’s when you realize that you’ve got to take a risk and put the principles of faith to the test, no matter what. You refuse to think about the worst case, and cling tenaciously to hope, allowing yourself in your mind to see only the results you want.

It’s when you stop resisting out of fear of failure. If you have been afraid to trust, it’s when you have no other choice BUT to trust. It’s when you say, “I will move my feet, and do all I can do with a CALM spirit, and trust that things will work out for me because of it.” There comes a point where you have no other choice. That’s your rock-bottom. You numbly decide that if it all falls apart anyway, you’ll face it when it happens, but for now you’ll put one step in front of the other and just believe, with a calm surrender.

Some people consider an empty bank account rock bottom, while others don’t hit it until they’ve also maxed out their credit cards. Some hit it when they realize for the first time that they can’t make a car payment, while others don’t hit it until the repo man shows up to take the car away. There are those who have dealt with the repo man more than once, and even that doesn’t bother them enough to really hit rock bottom. I’ve since heard of people who have, over time, upped the level of what rock bottom means to them, and in one example, it’s when their bank account gets below $8,000. So, now when the balance gets close to $8,000, that’s when they have their “awakening” and get busy doing something about it.

No matter how successful a person becomes, no matter how much prosperity s/he enjoys, there will always be new challenges. Without them, we wouldn’t grow. How well we handle them depends on how hard it must get before we finally decide to trust a higher power to carry us through. Though we may never completely avoid challenges, we can learn to embrace them and gain the blessing they always contain.

Let’s not wait for things to get any worse. The upturn can happen now. Let today be the day that you surrender, trust, and discover how much better you can thrive when you trust the inner voice that is trying to speak peace to your heart.

Take five minutes to close your eyes and picture yourself living the life you want in prosperity. Feel it now. Then, trust that things will soon begin to turn around for you. You can’t see it happening, but know that tomorrow’s series of events were just altered because of it.