Investing in Life

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” 
~Luke 6:38, The Holy Bible. ~

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. ~

Jesus, the Master Teacher, having attained the Christ Consciousness, used simple language and metaphors when he explained the Nature of Being. Still, only a relative few made the connection between the physical examples he gave and their mental equivalents. The few who get it include mystics, scientists, and philosophers.

Mystics tell us “As above, so below.”  In other words, that which we consistently entertain in the upper realms of consciousness (in the mind) is evidenced through one of our five senses. Scientists tell us there’s a law of “Cause and effect.”  In other words, just as a seed is the “cause” for the plant that follows: all fundamental beliefs eventually out-picture as tangible experiences.  Philosophers tell us “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” In other words, the way we mentally view a thing determines our experience of it. For example, we’ve heard, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” 

Although these various branches of knowledge are saying the same thing; nonetheless, the reality that there is an awesome power within us, and we can use it, is not always realized. The good news is, no matter when one awakens to this inner kingdom of thought, feelings, and imagination, they find there is unlimited potential waiting to be ignited. At any time, one may choose to become a conscious investor in life; no longer a mere bystander.

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There’s always a return on the investment we make. The return is the exact image and likeness of the words we use when describing our dream of reality. The creative medium of our minds actualizes our thoughts and they become the people, places, and things we encounter in our day-to-day experiences. In other words, “You reap what you sow.”  This is simply the way life gets to be what it is. It is the Law of Being. 

For some, when hearing the word “Law”, used in the context of spirituality, there is an association with the word “punishment.” This association often results in a false belief that says we can displease, disappoint, or make God angry. To avoid slipping into this erroneous mindset, a paradigm shift in consciousness is necessary. Remind yourself that “law” in the spiritual realm is simply a term that describes nature’s way. For example, it is nature’s way that objects fall to the ground when dropped; and this law, of course, is what we call gravity. 

It would never occur to us that God is punishing us if we were to drop an expensive piece of fine china, and it breaks.  While the consequence might sadden us, we would nonetheless accept the outcome as the natural reaction to the action.  However, we may choose, in the future, to adhere to the law by being more careful. The same occurs in the mental and spiritual realms of our lives.

We may begin today investing in ideas that inevitably return to us our heart’s desires; i.e., ideas like health, loving-kindness, harmonious relationships, sufficiency, beauty, wisdom, creative expressions, etc.  We may invest in the practice of forgiveness that returns to us peace of mind. We may invest in our personal values; such as unity, integrity, justice, equanimity, and all that yield a world that works for everyone.;

This week, remember the feast spread before you is the return of your investment of accepting God’s Way. Give thanks and let it be so.

 This Weeks Affirmation

” I am more powerful than I know and I can achieve anything and everything to which I set my heart.

 For all of this, I am grateful.”

Save The Date

~ an afternoon of fellowship and celebration ~ 

December 10, 2022
12:00 to 3:00 PM

Centerville Community Center
3025 Bethany Church Road
Snellville, GA 30039


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