Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
April 10, 2004
Since this is Easter weekend and those of us in the Christian world celebrate
Easter in recognition of the resurrection of the Christ, I thought you might
find the following article to be not only relevant to the season, but also to
There are tons of conclusions and symbolism's we could draw from the event of
Jesus's death and resurrection, but the one thing that stood out for me in Dr.
Simon's article was how many of us live lives of mediocrity.
As Henry David Thoreau once said, "Most people live lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in their heart."
What an incredible piece of verse that is to me. And Dr. Simon's article will
give us some insight into what Thoreau was talking about.
I hope you all find a golden egg in your Easter basket this weekend
Wonder of Wonders
by Dr. P.C. Simon
Jesus performed many miracles. He turned water into wine,
fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes, healed
the sick, and, three times raised the dead. However,
the greatest miracle, the wonder of wonders, was that
he raised himself from the dead.
About his miracles, Jesus said that these and more ye shall
do in my name. Apart from the literal meaning, there is
a metaphysical one.
It is true that, in one way or another, many human beings
are dead in varying degrees to many of their great potentials.
They have lost their dreams and their ambitions, their desire
for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem.
They have settled for a mediocre life. They spend their
days in despair and nights in tears. They have nothing to live
for and wait for a physical death which does not come.
Og Mandino calls them "dead spirits in mobile caskets." They
have willed themselves into cemeteries. They have discarded
themselves as waste materials. They have built prisons
for themselves and, after occupying them for a period of
time, become accustomed to their walls and conclude
that they are incarcerated for life.
They are wrong. They need not remain in that state. They
can be resurrected from their pitiable condition. They can
perform the greatest wonder of wonders. They can come
back from the spiritually dead.
Now the question remains how to resurrect their spirits or
set free their incarcerated lives.
There are many mysteries behind self-resurrection but the
important mystery is that Jesus was in a state of transition.
His soul continued to exist with greater potential than when
that soul was bound within his body. If not, the soul would
not have been able to raise the body.
"Dust thou art to dust returneth was not spoken of the soul."
Let us look at the man at the pool. He was infirm for 38
years and Jesus asked him "Will thou be made whole?" He
wanted to be whole and was made whole. So, all that was
necessary was the willingness to be made whole.
The robber on the cross at the right hand of Jesus said to
the robber on the left hand, "We received the due reward
of our deed." He told Jesus, "Remember me when thou
comest unto thy kingdom." This shows his realization of
his misdeeds and his unsaid subconscious feeling or
wanting to be saved. Jesus, recognizing the subconscious
feeling of this robber immediately answered saying,
"Today thou shalt be with me in paradise."
Here again we see a desire on the part of the person. So,
all that we have to do is have a willingness to accept
our mistakes and a desire to be transformed.
Instantaneously, we are resurrected.
But some people do not believe that. They are like the
drunk who was leaning against the post. He felt the post
all around and said, "I cannot get out. I am surrounded
by a wall."
All that we have to do is to recognize that just by a change
of thought, one can be resurrected. "For as he thinketh in
his heart, so is he." All we have to do is to believe that help
is at hand.
Why? Because the Creator is a God of infinite, unconditional
love and not of judgment, not a punitive God waiting to catch
us and put us in Hell forever.
He has given us freedom of thought and it is up to us to use
it the way we want. He does not compel us to think either
this way or that. Irrespective of what situation we are in,
we can think what we want and no one on earth or in
Heaven can control or stop us from thinking.
When remedies are as simple as just thinking, people do
not believe in them. Look at Naaman, the leper. Elisha
gave him a very simple remedy to be cured. He was very
angry with Elisha and said, "Are not the rivers of Damascus
better than all the waters of Israel. May I not wash in
them and be clean?"
It took Naaman's servant to convince him that he should
do what the prophet bid him do. He said, "My father, if
the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest
thou not have done it?" Naaman realized that the servant
was right. Because it was a simple procedure, he did not
think it useful. When he was convinced, he went and
did the "simple thing" and he was cured.
My exhortation also is to do a simple thing. Think, believe,
and be resurrected. However, some people are not ready
to be resurrected until they hit the bottom.
Look at the story of Lillian Roth. Her book, I'll Cry Tomorrow,
describes the degradation that she went through before
she realized that she had to change.
But it is not necessary that we should hit the bottom to change.
Change is possible at any moment under any situation.
All that is necessary is to believe that change is possible.
Many people recognized this and changed before they hit
the bottom. It is up to you and me to accept this change
today, on the spot, for a miraculous spiritual resurrection.
This is the wonder of wonders.
Nothing Is Impossible To A Willing Heart
You can do anything in this world you want to do, but you must want to do it badly enough.
You really can have everything you want, if you go after it. You have to want it.
The first ingredient of success is desire.
Do you know what you want?
Your desire is the planting of your seed.
Your desire for success must be so strong within you that it's the very breath of your life.
It must be your first thought when you wake in the morning, and your last thought when you go to bed at night.
You can be whatever you make up your mind to be. What's in your mind is all that counts.
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