THE RELIGION CORNER: Twelve Things That Make Men Rich (Part 8)
Lyndia Grant | 5/7/2014, 3 p.m.
"He who has not learned the blessed art of sharing has not learned the true path of happiness, for happiness comes only by sharing." Remember the Parable of the Talents in scripture. Well the ones who used their talents received rewards, and the one who hid his talent and refused to share had his taken away.
Scripture also reminds us how it’s more blessed to give than to receive. And it says that when we serve Him, we will become the lender and not the borrower.
“And let it be also remembered that the space one occupies in the hearts of his fellow men is determined precisely by the service he renders through some form of sharing his blessings."
One writer penned the following comment of which I totally agree. He said … “So, the true road to happiness is by sharing one’s own blessings. Material things yes, but we are really working on our own happiness when we give of the unseen things: ‘Greet everyone with a smile.’”
When you leave your home to go to work or wherever you must go, leave with a smile in your heart which will show on your face. Feel good about the day, and your feelings will be revealed to others as they see you coming with a smile on your face.
Respond to people with love in your heart; if there’s no love in your heart, anger or some other response will greet the people you meet. Meditate, pray and connect to the Lord and to the universe before you leave your home each day. Get yourself balanced so you can share your best self with others.
Go the extra mile in everything you do. At work, purposely do more than you’re paid to do. Come in early and stay late when you can. You may be surprised at how a promotion comes your way because of your willingness to share of yourself and your time, without expecting extra pay.
Forgive easily, a must. Always forgive those who have hurt you; and when you can share your blessings with them and with others, do so. You wouldn’t bring a treat to work and share with everyone except the one person who hurt you. No, you would share with all, freely.
Be kind to people that serve you. Be willing to tip waiters, parking garage attendants and others if you can afford to do so. They don’t make very much money and a couple dollars for those of us who are blessed will only yield you more blessings when you share willingly.
Always try to be grateful, bite your tongue before you criticize a person or a situation. It’s so easy for most of us to look for the problem that we think someone else is causing. In order to ensure the good that’s coming your way, you must change that bad habit. Now, you can appreciate that person by complimenting the good they bring to the universe. That individual will feel good and will be even more willing to share with you and others. It may just eliminate the problem you believe they’re causing. Give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Cultivate a humble and serving attitude; and what I mean by cultivate is to do this on purpose. Cultivate means to promote or improve for growth, the same process that you would use to grow a more bountiful crop. Think in terms of purpose and you will become more humble and have a more serving attitude toward others.
Simple acts like these will attract a life of happiness and abundance like you have never experienced before.
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.