TITLE: Serve God and Man by Getting Rich
By gene hudgens
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The very best thing we can do for the whole world is to make the most of our self. We can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rightfully rich.
Mr. Wallace Wattles, the author of “The Science of Getting Rich” was a philosopher who loved God.
In order to get rightfully rich and never hurt another person in the process, we must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; we must form a clear mental picture of things we want, and hold this picture in our thoughts with the fixed Purpose to get what we want, and maintain the unwavering Faith that we will get what we want, closing our mind against all that may tend to shake our Purpose, dim our Vision, or quench our Faith.
In addition to all this, we shall see and understand that we must live and act in a Certain Way.
In this science we must act NOW. We can not act in the past and thus it is essential for the clearness of our mental vision that we dismiss the past from our mind. We can not act in the future because the future is not here yet. We can not tell how we will want to act in any future contingency until that contingency arrives.
Act Now! We must not think that we must wait until we get in to the right business or the right environment. We need to have self faith that we can handle any emergency that arrives. We must not become less effective by dividing our mind between the future and now. We need to concentrate with our whole mind on the present action.
We can not act where we are not; we can not act where we have been, and we can not act where we are going to be. We must act only where we are…now.
We must learn not to bother as to whether yesterday’s work was well done or ill done. We must concentrate on doing today’s work well. We must not try to do tomorrow’s work today. There will be plenty of time to do tomorrow’s work tomorrow.
We must always avoid people or things that are out of our reach. Don’t waste time on occult or mystical means to reach these people.
We must insure that we don’t wait for a change of environment to just happen. We can get a change of environment with our actions. We can act upon our present environment to cause our self to be transferred to a better environment.
We must hold with faith and purpose the vision of our self in a better environment, but if we are wise we will we will not waste time waiting, but act upon our present environment with all of our heart, and with all of our strength, and with our mind.
We must not waste time day dreaming. We need to avoid casting about seeking some new thing to do, or remarkable action to perform as a first step toward getting rich. Most likely the actions we now perform will be performed for some time to come. Now we must concentrate on performing our present actions in the Certain Way and have faith that they will make us rich.
Likely we must use our present business as the means of getting a better one, and use our present environment as the means of getting a better one. We must hold faith that we will get into it and are getting into it, but we must ACT in our present business. If we hold our vision of the right business with faith and purpose, God will guide us.
All that we can do ANY day… is to do, every day… ALL that can be done that day. But, there are limitations. We must not over work. We must not rush blindly into our business in the effort to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible time.
We must avoid doing tomorrow’s work today, or doing a week’s work in a day.
It is really not the number of things we do, but the Efficiency of each separate action that counts.
Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure.
Every act is, in itself, either effective or inefficient.
Every inefficient act is a failure, and if we spend our life in doing inefficient acts, our whole life will be a failure.
The more things we do, the worse we do, if all of our acts are inefficient ones.
We will get rich most easily in point of effort, if we do that for which we are best fitted; but we will get rich most satisfactorily if we do that which we WANT to do in life. There is no real satisfaction in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something which we do not like to do.
Desire is a manifestation of power.
All things else being equal, it is best to select the business for which we have the best developed talent; but if we have a strong desire to engage in any particular line of work, we should select that work as the ultimate end at which we aim.
If we feel that we are not in the right vocation, we should not act too hastily in trying to get into another one. The best way, generally, to change business or environment is by growth.
There is never any hurry on the creative plane, because there is no lack of opportunity.
However, the moment we begin to hurry we cease to be a creator and become a competitor…and we drop back upon the old plane again.
Whenever we find our self hurrying, call a halt; fix our attention on the mental image of the thing we want, and begin to give thanks that we are getting it. The exercise of Gratitude will never fail to strengthen our faith and renew our purpose.
A day or two spent in contemplating the vision of what we want, and in earnest thanksgiving that we are getting t, will bring our mind into such close relationship with God that we will make no mistake when we do act.
There is a mind which knows all there is to know; and we can come into close unity with His mind by faith and the purpose to advance in life, if we have deep gratitude.
We most often make mistakes when we act hastily or act in fear or doubt, or in forgetfulness of the Right Motive…which is ‘more life to all, and less to none’.
As we go the Certain Way, opportunities will come to us in increasing number; and we will need to be very steady in our faith and purpose, and to keep in close touch with God by reverent gratitude.
We must never forget that we are a creative center, from which increase is given to all. We need to always convey assurance, even when giving candy to a child. Attempt to always convey the impression of advancement with everything we do, so that all people shall receive the impression we are Advancing. At the same time we must never boast or brag, because true faith is never boastful.
We must impress others so that they feel that by associating with us they will get increases for themselves. “Give them a use value greater than the cash value we take from them. When we take an honest pride in doing this we will see advancement in our business. But in doing all of this we must never lose sight of our vision of what we want, our faith, and purpose to get what we want.
We must always beware of the insidious temptation to seek power over other people. Beware that unformed or partially developed minds enjoy exercising power or dominion over others. For countless ages kings and lords drenched the earth with blood with their battles to get more power for themselves and extend dominance over others.
We can easily see that little has changed today. The business and industrial world marshals their armies of dollars…and lay waste to the lives and hearts of millions in the same scramble for power over others. Commercial kings, like political kings, are inspired by the lust for power. We only need to read the twenty-third chapter of Matthew to see how Jesus pictured the lust of the Pharisees to be called “Master”, to sit in their high places, to dominate others, and to lay burdens on the backs of the less fortunate.
To get rich we must avoid the temptation to seek authority or become a “master” over others. When we seek mastery over others we exercise a competitive mind; and a competitive mind is not a creative mind.
A wise business man once wrote, “What I want for myself, I want for everybody.”
Prepared by Gene Hudgens
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