Spirituality and success

During my marriage I had a beautiful home, nice cars, and plenty of money. My lifestyle was certainly very comfortable. My husband's job also provided our family with prestige and respect in the community. Then our marriage of many years ended in divorce, and I found myself out on my own.

The financial picture was serious and scary. I had never supported myself, had never balanced a checkbook, never used a cash machine or been concerned with budgets. Now I was on the threshold of a new life, not understanding "the system," not sure how to proceed. Material ways and means seemed like a maze. To find the right direction, I turned to God for guidance. I was interested not only in making it financially; I wanted to live a life based on the spiritual laws of God.

Step by step I moved ahead, looking for a spiritual basis in everything I did. I learned that real wealth included joy, order, love, hope, strength, grace, and beauty. It did not include the liabilities of self-consciousness, selfishness, or self-pity. Although I had little fiscal expertise, I found I was able to make sound decisions. Pure motives, honesty, and gratitude moved me forward because these expressions of love for others kept me firmly grounded on the law of Love.

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Simplicity and the spiritual life
December 30, 1996

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