The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. Epicurus
If there’s a will, prosperity can’t be far behind. W. C. Fields
The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it. Jerry Gilles
Consider two concepts of prosperity: society’s definition and a more common sense definition. In many respects prosperity is an attitude and frame of mind. Many of us do not see ourselves as being prosperous. Compared to the world’s population, most of us are already very prosperous. Is prosperity something we should seek? At what point do we truly become prosperous?
There are those who have an insatiable desire for material prosperity. The obsessed will probably never be satisfied and will be addicted to needing more no matter how prosperous they become. There are news stories daily about the plight of the very wealthy. They have lots of money but they are missing mental well-being. Are they truly prosperous? There are those who have a prosperity attitude even if not wealthy by the world’s standards. Are they prosperous? They have their act together and feel good about their lives. There are noteworthy differences between these two approaches and the motivation and outlooks of both types.
Most acquire some degree of prosperity as they journey through life; getting educated, working, buying a home, acquiring possessions and saving for retirement. Our prosperity increases as we get older. Many become more prosperous than their parents. What is prosperity? If we look at our circumstances and decide we have what we need; are we prosperous? How can we define or measure it? Needs met, feelings of well-being, gratitude and even humility; is this prosperity? Is it more of an attitude or tangible and physical?
A major caution; prosperity is to be possessed rather than being possessed by it. It should be an attitude from within rather than a measurement from without. There are many who are wealthy, yet are miserable and maladjusted. They are possessed by prosperity. Many seek prosperity as the pathway to joy and happiness. Material prosperity does not guarantee well-being. We can be joyful and happy and not wealthy. There are other cautions associated with prosperity, like pride and arrogance. Life has a way of humbling us; the high and the mighty tend to be top heavy. It does not take a strong wind to blow them over. The top heavy get blown over.
Seeking prosperity is like seeking success, it is not a destination at which we arrive, it is an attitude and frame of mind that we develop and acquire along the way. A prosperity attitude comes from within.
Challenge: What does prosperity mean to you? It takes focus, motivation and discipline to accumulate wealth. True prosperity is more of an attitude. If you believe yourself to be prosperous you likely have become so. You must set your own standards for achieving prosperity. Working hard, having a prosperity attitude, and living up to your potential will help you become prosperous. It happens within before it happens on the outside.
Wisdom: This is the law of prosperity: When apparent adversity comes, be not cast down by it, but make the best of it, and always look forward for better things, for conditions more prosperous. Ralph W Triune.
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked. Psalm 37:16
Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28
Those with a strong spiritual relationship with God have less need for the kind of prosperity that the worldly seek. The more we walk with God the less we need material wealth. We do not have the same obsessive drive and hunger for things. We have achieved prosperity when we can look around and realize that God is blessing us in so many ways; having the faith and confidence in his continued blessings. We are truly prosperous.
Prayer: Help me to be grateful for all the prosperity that you have provided me.