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               "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, crushed down, full and running over, they will give to you. For in the same measure as you give, it will be given to you again." - attributed to the Master Mind Jesus, Luke 6:38, Holy Bible

     The first principle of prosperity is to give from a generous thought, for a generous thought is filled with strength and vitality.  What we give is not as important as our thoughts about giving.  If we give of our skills and talents only because we believe we are earning a paycheck, then we shall limit ourselves to a paycheck and not much else.  If we tithe to our church or our source of spiritual support out of obligation, our tithe will do little more than satisfy our sense of fulfilling our obligation.  As we give from a generous thought, or impulse, we realize that we give for we first have received.  We are allowing Spirit to give through us that which It has given us to give.

     Imagine for a moment that the work that we do is not for our employer but for the Universe.  And the more we give the more we receive and the more we receive the more we give.  The Universe is not limited in its ability to compensate us.  And yes, part of this compensation will come through the form of an employer or someone else who is part of our demonstration of prosperity.  But, our compensation is only limited by the extent of our belief that it is limited.  And we limit our compensation by believing that our compensation can only come to us in "expected" ways ... we lose sight of the fact that there is both a material and an invisible aspect to everything in life.  In the Invisible, or Spiritual, there is a law of unity that cannot be obstructed except through our belief.  This means that for every action there is an automatic reaction ... in other words, every act of giving from a generous thought automatically creates an opportunity for receiving.  This is an immutable Truth.

     As a culture we have been taught that we receive our compensation in limited ways.  And unconsciously many people only work to the level that they feel is required for the compensation they receive for the work.  This puts us in a rut.  It is interesting to note that many people who win at the lotteries, do not quit their jobs.  And the reason for this is that they enjoy the giving of their skills and talents, and most likely are very generous in the giving of them.  And yet, they believed in the possibility of greater riches than what their employment gave them.  How do we know this? ... because they won the lottery ... there are no accidents in the Universe ... only consciousness unfolding.  In Wallace D. Wattles 1910 classic, "The Science of Getting Rich," he instructs us to do everything that we do successfully.  In other words be conscious of what we are doing or giving.  Anyone can work ... but not everyone seeks success in all that they do.  To complete our work successfully means that we must be generous in the giving of our skills and talents ... and not merely just get the work done.

     "A selfish thought contains the germs of dissolution; it will disintegrate and pass away",  writes Charles Haanel in "The Master Key System."  Selfish thinking means to "withhold" ... to be ungenerous.  To be ungenerous means we are believing in limitation ... that we are believing that as we give ... we have less ... and this false belief will show up in our life as lack or limitation in some form.  We are always called to give in some way or another ... for it is the nature of God to give ... and since we are of God and in God, this is our nature as well.  To withhold is to obstruct the Divine flow.  We must trust in our impulses to give ... and give generously, no matter what we are giving.  It is essential for our great success.

I will always remember and never forget listening to Dr. O. C. Smith declare that we cannot "out-give" the Universe" .. it will always give us more than we give into it.  Dr. O. C. Smith demonstrated this principle clearly for all to see.  His belief in the generous thought kept him enthusiastic and excited about his life and the lives of those around him.  He always gave generously ... knowing that the only way in which he could, was that God had given to him first!  And in knowing this, his success was assured.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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