I used to be in awe of how some people seemed to have all the desires come into their life seemingly without much effort. Then I began my quest to see what they knew that I didn’t. I read and studied many works and over time I began to be able to understand how they did that.
One of my moments that enlighten my soul and in part answered the question, I gained from the Holy Scriptures.
The Savior, Jesus Christ, after teaching the multitude gave instruction to depart to the other side of the sea. He instructed his twelve diciples to enter the ship to carry them across the body of water. Jesus first entered the ship and the twelve followed him as he had instructed.
Christ went to sleep as the twelve began to steer the ship across the sea. During the night a storm arose that caused waves to be thrown over the ship and scaring the twelve.
In Matthew, chapter 8 we learn:
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Here is what I learned.
First, the Savior had confidence, not in himself, but in God who controls all things and calms all storms. A God who creates all abundance.
Second, He shared that confidence with others by leading; he shared his vision of a bigger future and he entered the ship first and then others followed him.
Third, upon being thrust in the “lack of faithful” scary situation his disciples were in, he calmly used the situation to teach them by asking them a question, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”
Forth, he took care of the situation by using his power to calm the storm and thus their fears. The storm had passed.
But what storm did he calm? Was it the storm of external consequences; high wind and choppy seas? Or was it the storm that raged in the hearts and minds of the twelve?
To achieve one’s desires one has to understand the source of all abundance. Many people chase after “things” in their life from other people. They falsely believe that abundance comes from man and his efforts. That is not the correct view. All our abundance comes from acting in faith towards the creator of all things; God. That faith teaches us that we first have to believe in our hearts and minds that we are entitled, as joint heirs with God, that as we move in action towards our desire that God would provide it to us. We really don’t even have to know how it will come. Our faith in God moves us to move toward our desires only.
So many people don’t understand or believe that they are entitled to abundance. As such they chase after “things” without much hope of ever acquiring the object of their desire because they “beg” that others would grant them their wish; a new job, a higher pay, more time off, a better deal on a car, etc. If they exercised faith in God, as the great provider, all things of worthy desire can come to us without begging, without fear and without stress.
In the story Christ knew that he needed to be on the other shore. He didn’t know exactly how that would happen but he did his part; he got on the ship. With confidence he lead others to do the same by 1) casting the vision of being on the other shore, 2) instructing them to enter the ship as he went first, knowing it was the vehicle to carry them to the other place and 3) upon a challenge of others that threatened their mission, he calmed the ‘storm’ and taught the twelve more about how God works.
I don’t know if the sea was actually calmed or if he calmed the fear of the twelve. I think he calmed the storms of fear that resided in the hearts of the twelve. I think Jesus taught them the principles of boyancy and that as long as the ship stayed upright they would be safe. He probably taught them to take down the sails to stabilize the ship. Then as the winds and troubled water still prevailed the twelve could now feel safe among it.
The acquisition of all our worthy desires comes by using the following principles:
- Leadership; a matter of being confident in God, leading by example and teaching others the correct ways
- Faith; understanding the author of all abundance comes from God
- Calming storms; there will always be opposition in all things but they have no power over our purposeful vision of a bigger future
After I began to follow these principles my life completely changed. I was able to gain great health, releasing 50 lbs and finishing 10 Ironman Triathlons all past the age of 50. I was lead to a better way to capture my abundance I had dreamed about. I was lead out of the CPA profession and into the profession of network marketing which allows me to help the lives of more people in a much bigger way by helping them become free physically, financially and spiritually. I’ve been able to replace much of my net worth destroyed in bad economy of 2009. I’m closer to my family and especially my sons. I have more and deeper friendships with some great people.
In all ways I’m living my dream. My happiness is full and it grows as I work toward my mission of helping more and more people these same principles and they are lead by the same light that brightens my path.
Let’s do life together! Live Free Now! Own Your Life!