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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for April 24, 2016

         It has been stated that we have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day and many of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday, the day before that the days, weeks, months and years before that.  This is normal for the average person and it is the rare person who is able to maintain their dominant thoughts in the present moment.  Books have been written about the "Power of Now" and countless people have read these books and attended lectures on keeping our thoughts focused on "now" but the human mind is tricky and few are able to maintain this with any permanency.  And it is not for a lack of understanding that it is beneficial as most people do believe it is.  

         I believe as did the American Mystic Ernest Holmes that it is not what we think but the measure of our thoughts that matter; i.e. if 51% of our thoughts are positive, we shall realize positive experiences in our lives.  But to insure that we consistently realize this 51% or more of positive thoughts we must be conscious of not only what we are thinking but also what we are believing.  Beliefs are a powerful energy within our mind and this is why no matter how positive, no matter how much we know we should keep our thoughts focused on the "now" ... our beliefs can re-direct our thoughts without our conscious awareness.  

        Far too many people put their faith and belief in people and things outside of them.  They put faith in politicians to create the way for them to be prosperous and happy and when this doesn't happen they become discouraged and dismayed.  I was listening briefly to a political program recently that had put together a forum of potential republican voters and one of the people in the focus group stated that she was going to vote for the man that would allow her to say "Merry Christmas."   The host of the program didn't ask what she meant by this; it could have been something of a religious nature derived from the "war on Christmas" folks or it could be, and I believe it was, that she was looking to these presidential candidates to guarantee her a "Merry Christmas" ... and that is a sad thing.

       Robert Collier shares a story in his book "The Life Magnet" that illustrates how our mind can become so limited in its thinking when we are filled with discouragement and frustration: 
"Years ago I read a story about a man who had become so discouraged that he decided to commit suicide.
        He had married a widow, and she not only made life a burden for him at home, but spent all his savings, ran him into debt and discredited him with his employers.
         He could see only one way out - to jump into the river and end his troubles.
          It was Saturday night, so, waiting until late, he slipped out of the house and down through the deserted streets to the bridge.
          Imagine the grim humor of it when, from out of the shadow of one of the great stone towers, a man with a gun stepped forth and commanded "Hands up!"
          Automatically, the discouraged man obeyed, then brought his hands down again as the humor of it gripped him.  If this highwayman wanted to save him the trouble of killing himself, let him!
           But the highwayman wasn't that obliging.  Being a bigger man, he seized the other, held him tightly while he went through the pockets the wife had emptied hours before, then turned him loose and looked him over curiously.
            "What's the joke?" he asked roughly, as the intended suicide yielded to another paroxysm of laughter.
             Between gasps, the man told him.
             "Hmm," mused the highwayman, immediately interested, "you ought not to do that.  Why don't you just leave the woman?  Leave her and start fresh tomorrow somewhere else.

What happened with the man in this story is what happens to so many of us.  We forget the truth that our yesterdays don't have to be repeated.  That there is always another way or a new idea for us.  Our yesterdays give way to the present as we allow our mind to grasp the ability to start fresh today.  Dr. Robert Bitzer who founded the Hollywood Church and was instrumental in the "spiritual living movement" stated that if we don't find success and prosperity where we are, we may be in the wrong place and must be willing to make the changes necessary.  And the biggest change for most of us is to re-direct our mind to be conscious of what we are believing and thinking about, today and to remind ourselves that yesterday ended last night.

          "Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy G-d is with thee whithersoever thou goest."  - Joshua 1:9


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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