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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 20, 2011 

           ”Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart — a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water — I accept with joy.” - Bhagavad-Gita

           "The principle of supply, when it is given freely, draws on true generosity.  If you give only because you expect to be duly rewarded, you are merely fulfilling the law of demand and supply.  This works, but it is a limited concept - a little on the stingy side.  When you give because you want to give, you have really grasped the law of supply and have come into a higher law, which we call generosity. ... Do what you want to do because you want to do it.  That is generosity.  To say you will give only to the worthy limits your supply.  The tree gives its fruit to any and all.  The sun shines and the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  The issue is you, not the worthiness or appreciation of the recipient.  Generosity concerns your law of prosperity.  God SO loved - not just barely, but with a superlative attitude.  Don't let the tithe limit what you want to be.  How much should you pay or tip?  These are deeply related to your law of supply.  That extra giving is what makes the difference.  That extra bonus. That extra contribution to your church, etc.  ... Get out of the compulsive.  Get away from what is expected of you.  Such conditions bring no growth or fulfillment.  Begin to do what you want to do.  Prosperity comes only when you operate from a consciousness of generosity.  Can you afford to do what you want to do?  Your answer to that question reveals your level of supply.  God, or Spirit, does not need your money, nor your affection and praise; yet you need to give to God - money, affection, and praise.  But remember, you do not give to get; you give to live.  Giving is the measure of your being." - Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Collected Essays of Robert Bitzer

      The Master Mind Jesus gave us the "key" to gratitude, "give and be given to" ... not only is this a principle that will prosper us, but it is a principle that will give us the joy of gratitude.  Growing up as a Baptist and my young adult years as a Catholic, I was  taught to "tithe" to the church as a matter of faith.  It took many years of observation, personal experience, and spiritual awareness for me to realize that "tithing" is not limited to money or to a church.  I believe that the authentic "tithe" is to that which we want to give to, whether it take the form of money or in some other way of support and assistance.  Yet, our "giving" cannot be perfunctory or habitual, but a "conscious giving" of our good thoughts and feelings about that which we give to.  Dr. Bitzer wrote that we are to "get out of the compulsive and get away from what is expected of us" ... and in so doing we gain a freedom to develop a genuine sense of generosity and in so doing, we feel a joyful gratitude, not only when we receive, but as we give too.

     Dr. Bitzer reveals a subjective impulse when he writes, "to say you will give only to the worthy limits your supply" ... this level of giving carries with it a judgment; who is worthy and who is not.  Some people will not "tip" or "tip" generously based on the level of service they receive ... but this is an "exchange" not generosity.  Our giving must never be dependent on conditions as this will translate into a lack of self-worthiness and self-deserving.  If we choose to live as worthy and deserving of the expanded good that we seek to experience, we must establish this sense of worthiness and deserving for everyone.  I know it is easy on a material level, to "tip" less when we have received less than good service in a restaurant or other service establishment, but our "tip" is not based on the consciousness of the waitress or waiter, but is based on our awareness of our own consciousness of supply.  The waitress, waiter or service person is not impacted in consciousness necessarily by our level of generosity, but we are.  We must always remember that no matter what level of service or cooperation we receive, that everyone is always doing "their best" based on the consciousness in which they are doing it in ... and it is up to us to not be "influenced" by another's consciousness, but to maintain our own consciousness of generosity and supply in all situations and circumstances. 

     It is not always easy to remember that a "tip" is an integral part of the Law of Giving and Receiving, especially when our service is at an uncomfortable level.  But, as we have the awareness that both Love and Law are Omnipresent and Omnipotent, our best is supported by our remembering these things.  If we are to realize the results of our faith in the Good, we must always remember and never forget that G-d, Infinite Presence, responds to us, by "corresponding" to our thoughts, all the time and in all things.  

     A few years ago I was invited to have dinner with another minister, someone who I didn't know on a personal level, but was familiar with their work.  This minister was in the early stages of developing a ministry and was seeking my support for their work.  As we were seated in the restaurant, the minister immediately complained about where we had been seated.  Throughout the dinner, the complaints about the service and the atmosphere from this minister, permeated our dinner conversation.  When it came time to "tip" the waitress, the minister declined to do so justifying the failure to "tip" on the perceived lack of service from the waitress.  And so it was up to me to "tip" for both of us as well as to pay for my own dinner although I had been "invited" by this minister to have dinner with her.  Upon leaving the restaurant the minister asked me what words of advice could I give them that would help them to grow their ministry.  My response was simple, "always remember that you are a minister, all the time."  The minister responded by asking, "what do you mean?"  When things go wrong, don't go with them.  We should never take on another's consciousness, but instead have the consciousness that "lifts them up."

     Our soul responds to these words from Dr. Bitzer:  "God SO loved - not just barely, but with a superlative attitude" ... and in these words we can realize that as we consciously seek to identify with G-d within us, and that as we reflect this "G-d SO loved" nature of the Divine consciously, we shall experience a joyful gratitude in all things that concern us.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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