I hear in the prayers of individuals sometimes that they are thankful for the “abundance” that has been given to them in the form of materialistic gain such as houses, cars, good jobs, boats and so on, but what that does is, under the surface, insinuate that the poor folks or the ones that don’t have any of those objects, are un-blessed… or not as fortunate as you are, and in a way, you inadvertently imply that you are better because of your materialism.
A more level playing field for the thankfulness of abundance is the free stuff that comes from a grateful heart and mindset,… an achievable goal for the rich and poor alike.
If you have joy, peace, gratitude, love, grace, mercy, acceptance, forgiveness, etc. you have the ultimate recipe for true abundance, the stuff that can’t be taken from you or lost in a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake or any other natural disaster.
So attaching yourself to and being thankful for the things that CAN be taken or lost, sets you up to be unthankful for your circumstances if or when they are no longer a part of your life. The more unexpected it is taken from you, the more upset or selfish you appear to react to those losses. Like complaining about your loss, or take on the victim mentality. The way you react to loss, shows, to what or where you place your loyalty, hope or trust.
Focus and base your intentional stable existence more on the abundance of your internal, mental, possessions that can’t be taken or lost, and then the reactionary superficial existence will soon fade away, resulting in a more productive and happy all around life.
It often irritates me when the ones who are wealthy with material gain, say “God has really blessed us”, referring to multiple vehicles in the driveway, a big house, a separate vacation cabin out in the woods, boats, 4 wheelers, and all of the other play toys they use to selfishly lavish on themselves as a gauge for God’s blessings.
While on the other hand, some people that have lesser jobs who are struggling to make it from week to week, go to the same churches and gatherings as they do.
Even under your breath say, “well they have the same opportunities as I did to make something of themselves.
The ironic part is that they usually use the services of those same individuals as a means to spend their so-called “blessings” on, like waiters and waitresses and then, give them a skimpy tip if any at all. Then they go thru the Latte line multiple times a day spending $5 to $7 each on a designer coffee.
So before you give God thanks for your selfishness, because it was you that chose to spend your money on things that you can lose at any given moment and can really do without, make sure you are generous towards the less fortunate people you use for other services you take advantage of first, before you claim God as a validation ticket for your selfishness.