You Are A Source Of Abundance
By Jim Cathcart
My favorite Bible passage is John 10:10, “I have come that they would have life and have it more abundantly.” This quote is attributed to Jesus. Personally, I feel that my life’s purpose is similar to this. I believe that I am at my highest and best value when I’m helping others live more abundantly. That is certainly when I feel the most satisfied and worthwhile.
How about you? What makes you feel valuable and gives you great satisfaction? Odds are good that whatever has that effect on you is what you were truly designed to do. If it’s helping others, or athletic achievement, scientific discovery, exploring and adventure, writing, storytelling, performing or problem solving…whatever it is, that’s your calling.
I believe that regardless of any religious disagreements, there is a Creator. Something or someone caused all of us to exist. And we were created as unique beings, the only ‘you’ who has ever existed, to fill a need, to provide some value to the world. Think with me, if you were The Creator of all things and you intended to design a system in which each entity had some purpose and value, how would you get that being to do what you had designed it, him or her to do?
Well, if you’re making all the decisions, then you can do what works for your plan. If your plan is to foster life in all its many forms and you want it to flourish, then you will want to have each being do what it’s there for and to do it without any further urging. So, you’d make it pleasing or instinctive. For animals, instinct is the guide and for humans, intuition and emotion are added to the mix. We know when we are on the road to abundance by feeling that we are doing a good thing, or getting a sense of satisfaction from doing it. I’m not talking about the superficial pleasure that comes from a sweet treat or alcohol. I’m talking about the inner sense that we have done something that matters. Protein not sugar.
I grow weary of the folks who say, “I think God is trying to tell me something. I just wish there was a sign.” For heaven’s sake (pun intended), if there is a God then He won’t need to hint! You’ll just know whatever He wants you to know.
We were created with free will. We can choose what and how we do. We can even make bad choices. But we will KNOW when they are bad choices! Our intuition tells us and our experience bears It out.
Then, what are we to do if we choose to live abundantly? First off, that is your job! It’s what you are supposed to do, live abundantly. You are a source of abundance. You can give support, encouragement, love, information, instruction, and friendship. You can solve problems, repair breaks, and clean up messes. You can teach, lead, nurture, build, create, and entertain. You can bring more life to anything you do. It’s your job.
Prosperity is the fruit of abundant living. When you are bringing more life to the world, the world rewards you with prosperity. Not immediately and not always tangibly but the rewards are always there somehow. How do you become rich? Enrich others in any way you can. I love Zig Ziglar’s quote, “You can get everything you want in life if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”
Look around you right now. What needs do you see? Is there trash to pick up, a door to open or shut, a danger to be removed, a compliment that could be paid, a smile to be shared? Can you make someone else’s path a little smoother without changing your own? Then, please do so. I, and the rest of the world, need you. When you don’t do what you could have done, then everyone else is denied the value you could have provided. Each of us has unique qualities and talents and we feel the most deeply satisfied when we use those talents to make the world a better place.
Thank you for being who you are. Now, “go forth and multiply” the value you can provide. Let’s all prosper.
This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2017 issue of CHOICES Magazine