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Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for February 12, 2017
been said that the majority of people meet with disappointment or
even failure due to a lack of persistence. The success
oriented Napoleon Hill stated that persistence is to the character
of mankind as carbon is to steel. We can see this as the truth
when we examine the workings of nature and also when we study the
lives of successful people. And for most of us we have had our
experience with persistence as well. But let us not confuse
persistence with stubbornness which oftentimes lacks wisdom.
Persistence without wisdom is futility expressing. We must
condition our desires with wisdom in order to pray or affirm without
doubting or impatience. Let's consider these words from the
master healer, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: "Therefore
to know God is to get wisdom, but to be separated from God is to be
religious and believe that there is a fountain of water large enough
to quench the thirst of everyone if they can find it. This is
religion. But to the wise, it is to know this fountain is in
yourself, a well of water springing up into everlasting wisdom. Then
you will ask of this wisdom, and just as you understand, you will
receive and your wisdom will teach you that you cannot ask of wisdom
by your belief and have your prayers answered. God is like
mathematics, for mathematics is wisdom put into practice or reduced
to man's comprehension. To receive an intelligent answer in
mathematics, you must ask in wisdom, not in opinion, and just
according to your wisdom, the answer comes."
There is joy in the Truth. If what we are thinking or feeling
diminishes or takes away our joy then it is not the truth of
us. Too often people overlook what they are feeling when they
pray or affirm their good. If we have a sense of anxiety or
desperation then we must examine what it is that we truly believe
and accept as true for us. If we are believing that the power
to make manifest our good is outside of us; that is, outside of our
own consciousness then we have allowed ourselves to ask without
seeking the wisdom that is necessary to realize the good results of
our prayers, affirmations and spiritual treatments.
eliminates doubt and also causes us to think in terms of
increase. What is it that we want to see increased in our
life? Is it health, wealth, career success, peace of mind,
companionship? Think about how these things make you
feel. If a farmer is given two kernels of corn but has a
vision to realize success as a corn farmer he must first plant the
two kernels of seed to get the increase in the amount of seed corn
that is necessary for him to realize his success as a corn
farmer. If instead he allows the small measure of seed to stop
his sense of persistence in knowing that he is a successful corn
farmer then he will realize failure. And yes it may take time
but persistence coupled with wisdom is not diminished by time or
circumstances and the joy of seeing these two kernels of corn
produce ears of corn with multiple kernels of corn will cause the
farmer to realize the joy of advancing success towards his
goal. Persistence calls us to hold a vision for ourselves that
We can read in the Holy Scriptures, Proverbs 29:18 ...
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he." Our reliance
on the law that G-d responds to us by corresponding to that which we
believe to be true for us, gives us the confidence to know that our
persistence is our power expressing in tune with the infinite good.
And so it is!
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