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    Many Kinds of Riches

    Jesus tells us to live just the opposite of the worldly way of living, yet we often find ourselves being measured by the prosperity God has poured down upon us while the world is also measuring a person's value by their material possessions. So, what kind of riches do we really want: do we want material blessings or do we want spiritual blessings? Do we want to be rich in possessions or do we want to be richly blessed by love? Do we want our riches while we are on earth or do we want them in eternity?

    According to the Bible, we have been granted the right to make requests of God: "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." --Matthew 21:22 (KJV). Now, comes our choice. What do we really want most? Money or God's love? High position or wisdom? Leadership or servitude? These choices can get tough. And for some, they are not even choices which have to be made. The Bible is filled with stories of people who seem to have it all: wealth, beauty and power. Some of them lead fulfilled lives, some have tragic endings. It can all become very confusing when trying to determine with our limited knowledge exactly what we do want and what we should ask God to do for us.

    For myself, I have concluded that which I most want is God's Love and to be able to successfully exist within the parameters of His best plan for my life and the lives of those I touch. It is truly comforting to not have to struggle with choice anymore, to blindly follow the nudges of the spirit, to know should I stray off the course, there's someone who sees the whole picture available to point me toward the correct path again.

    "Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally 'count our blessings,' give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have." --Shakti Gawain

    Jane Mullikin
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