Positive Thinking Tip: When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.
It’s thrilling to discover the principles of prosperity, and it’s especially exciting when you see them work for the first time.
From there, you feel empowered and encouraged to think bigger and test the principles on more significant tasks. But when you face a setback, you might be left wondering, “What just happened here? I thought that if I just live the principles perfectly, the rest of my life would be easy!”
I have an answer for this, and I hope it doesn’t burst anyone’s bubble too much… but we were placed on this earth to grow.
All life is compelled to grow and expand. That is one of the definitions that helps us determine whether something is alive: does it grow?
In order for us to grow, we must have challenges that stretch us beyond our present limits. We must work our mental muscles and exercise our mind, body, and spirit in order to have the joy and experience the success that only comes through growth and expansion. There are few joys that exceed the feeling of facing a difficult challenge, and overcoming it.
The truth is, that if we ever found ourselves without challenges, we would become unhappy and restless.
Remember when you were a child, and your mother tried to teach you how to tie your shoe?
Did it work the first time you tried it? Probably not. And it was probably very frustrating, and likely evoked some tears.
In that moment, there had never been so great a challenge in your life. You wanted to throw in the towel, give up, and if it didn’t make you cry, it probably made you growl in frustration. However, in time, it became old hat for you and you could do it without even thinking.
Then when you were in sixth grade, your teacher probably assigned you a book report that would take several weeks and had to fill up about 4 pages. You had never done an assignment that big before, and it was overwhelming. In time, and after being required to do a number of similar assignments, it was no big deal. What took several weeks could be completed in a day, because you had experience.
Fast forward to college.
Remember those projects that ultimately determined your final grade? Remember the countless hours on the computer? Remember closing off your social life in order to meet that deadline? It was overwhelming, and the stress was unbelieveable. You had never been required to work so hard on something so important! If you were like me, you shed many tears and begged your professor more than once for mercy.
Then for some of you, you started in the work force and had job pressures and bills to pay. Sometimes it was too much to bear. You thought you had it pretty tough until…
You got married and added a spouse to the picture.
Now there were work pressures, bills to pay, and a spouse to please. Who knew that being responsible to one other person could stir things up that much?
Pretty soon, you got into the routine of things, and even though things are tough, you have no idea what tough means until…
You start having children.
Are there words to describe how complicated things became when kids entered the picture??
Now wait a minute… think back to the time when you were learning to tie your shoe. Oh, if only life were that easy now!!!
But remember, at the time, when you were six and you had to figure out how to pull the string just enough to make a loop and not enough to make a knot, it was as though the world was falling apart and it was nearly more than you could cope with.
One day, today’s challenges will look like child’s play as you learn to conquer them.
All that I do through my books and programs is to provide the tools you need to learn how to succeed in overcoming the challenges you face today. Will challenges in general go away? No.
But you’ll be prepared to handle bigger challenges, and you’ll grow in faith, hopefully learning to rely more perfectly on God in all you do.
It seems that life will only get more challenging.
I didn’t say life has to get worse… or even harder, but it will constantly deliver more and more ADVANCED challenges.
As we learn the laws and adopt them into our habits, we become successful at overcoming them more and more gracefully. Every challenge could easily seem overwhelming… but only relative to what we’ve conquered in the past.
Challenges are important because they help us build confidence.
Imagine a child who never gained confidence in learning something simple… what if they were required to hold office as president of a large organization! Each challenge is intended to lead us along to receive all that God would have us receive. Each is an opportunity to overcome and gain increased confidence in the partnership we are developing between ourselves and God.
You can get good at handling finances and attracting wealth. Learning to achieve prosperity is a skill that can be improved. Just as you got good at tying a shoe, this is one skill that can become a strength.
Don’t get discouraged if new challenges show up. It doesn’t mean you are failing. It means you have grown to a point where God believes you can handle something else. It is an indication of His increased faith in you.
I heard somewhere, “When you are down to nothing, God is up to something”. There is joy to be had in the struggle. As we learn to find peace in each whirlwind of trouble around us, that is success. Then, the prosperity you want begins to flow naturally.
Seek peace and prosperity comes, seek prosperity and peace flees.