Health and money are the
heaviest burden of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who
take their health for granted and aspire for more and more wealth. Health is wealth and we should take
care of it to the best.
As for wealth, the real measure of a man's financial
wealth is how much he would be worth if he loses all his money. Here are
some thoughts inspired by the writings of David Brandt Berg and Maria
financially is a bit like staying healthy physically: There aren't any
shortcuts or "magic pills," but rather it's dependent on numerous
factors that have to be done with regularity.
for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what
you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.-Oprah Winfrey
To get healthy or
stay healthy physically, you must do a number of things in proper
balance—eat well, sleep well, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water,
dress appropriately for the weather, avoid stress, stay clean and avoid
germs, etc. You can't only eat well and expect to be healthy; you also
need to do those other things. Each is a part of God's health plan, and
they all work together to bring about the desired result.
best things in life are free. And it is important never to lose sight of that.
So look around you. Wherever you see friendship, loyalty ,laughter, and
love there is your treasure.
- Neale Donald Walsh
It's the same
with getting healthy and staying healthy financially. You have to follow
God's financial health plan as best you can. That means first and
foremost making time for your spiritual life and relationship with
Him—"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of
your heart" (Psalm 37:4)—but there's more to it than that.
You also need
to work hard, be honest and fair in business, pray for His guidance
before making financial decisions, be thankful for all He gives you,
avoid waste, and give back to Him by supporting His work and workers, as
well as giving to others in need, etc. You have to enact each part of
God's financial health plan and keep the right balance, or you can't
expect His full blessing.
At the same time, you need to remember
that having a good income and financial stability isn't the be-all or
end-all of the Lord's blessing, any more than it's the be-all or end-all
of life—or as Jesus put it, "One's life does not consist in the
abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15). Sometimes His
blessings come in other forms that benefit us even more, such as good
health, protection from accidents, a loving family, a happy and
harmonious home life, true friends, peace of mind, and purpose and
fulfillment in life.
The Lord is a
wise investor. He gives the most to those who are thankful for the
blessings He's already given them. We can show Him our appreciation by
thanking and praising Him regularly—by not taking His generosity for
granted. No benefactor would continue giving to someone who isn't
grateful for what he or she has already been given.
The more you learn to recognize God's
goodness and the more you make it a habit to thank and praise Him at
every turn, the more He will bless. So tell Him how much you love Him
and how thankful you are for all He does for you.
Prosperity depends more on
wanting what you have than having what you want.
By Tim Pedrosa
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn
that it is God who is shaking them. ~Charles C. West