Principles of Prosperity, Priorities: Abundance Through Ordering our Priorities
Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
When I sit down to write my thoughts each week it offers me the opportunity to review Sunday from the review mirror and then decide what is pertinent to share. Today I land on looking at the two services we offer and how grateful I am to have an 8 a.m. service that is contemplative. It is a time of preparation for the rest of the day. If you have not experienced this service, I invite you to do so at least once.
On Sunday we held a quarterly community meeting which was very well attended despite it being a beautiful day. Here is a recap of what the Board shared we are working on:
• We are moving our fiscal year from January – December to September – August. There are various reasons for this but mainly, so we are not trying to close out the year at the same time we are in the midst of the holidays. Also, it will change our annual meeting from February to October beginning in 2020. Your contribution letters will still be on the calendar year.
• An update on Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing that we are collaborating with other area churches and Saint Joseph College. The board, which Matt Purinton and I are on, is in the process of becoming an established organization serving Standish, Windham and Raymond with a mission to help the elderly in these areas stay in the home by providing help with home repairs.
Giving Tuesday…if you haven’t heard about it you will in the near future. I will leave it at that.
• Building repairs:
- We are getting estimates for putting a roof over the door coming into the office area, so we are sheltered from ice buildup on the sidewalk.
- A cement slab in front of the main doors to solve the wasp and hornet infestation in the summer
- Refresh the handicap bathroom
- Put sound panels in Fellowship Hall to reduce the noise and make it more comfortable to have conversations
• River Road expansion… we will only be losing a couple of smaller trees… everything to the left of the driveway coming in will not be touched.
The message on Sunday was “Priorities: Abundance Through Ordering Our Priorities.” We all have a clear set of priorities, even though we may not be conscious of them. Our order of priorities determines everything in our lives:
• how and where we spend our time and money,
• the people we work, play, live with, and
• the car we drive, the house we live in.
When we really begin to examine our lives and our goals, we begin to see the order of our priorities and are often ready to reorder them. It often happens that our priorities and our goals are not congruent.
Your expenditures of money will always tell you
where your heart is, where your energy is going.
Even though we may not be conscious of our priorities, we know in our hearts what they are, and both our time and money follow the heart. When there is an argument between the head and the heart, the heart wins every time, because the intellect is easily converted to a tool for rationalizing what we want.
Our money and our time follow our priorities. When God is our top priority, we are going to set aside time for prayer, study and meditation. We are going to give to the channel which brings us our spiritual growth. It is just that simple, and that demanding.
Money, like everything else, is a symbol of energy. When our energies are placed on our relationship to God, we prosper naturally and easily.
GIVING A PORTION OF ALL WE RECEIVE, TO THE CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH WE RECEIVE, SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS PUTTING GOD FIRST FINANCIALLY.
What is the purpose of tithing? Why should I tithe? Have you ever thought of or asked these questions?
Every individual’s purpose in tithing is to open up his/her awareness of universal laws. Tithing opens you, to you. You are an unlimited individual, deprived of a fuller, richer life partly because of lack of the tithing experience and expression in life. Tithing will help you to truly know yourself. When doing this, remember to rely on God’s ability to provide, not your human ability.
Over and over again in my own experience, and that of others, I have seen how tithing-putting God first, really results in our needs being met. Regular, systematic giving to God first frees us to receive.
“When a person tithes, he is giving continuously, so that no spirit of grasping, no fear, and no thought of limitations get a hold on him. There is nothing that keeps a person’s mind so fearless and so free to receive the good constantly coming to him as the practice of tithing.” — Charles Fillmore, Prosperity (p. 142).
In this week’s message, I shared some of my own experiences with tithing.
Here is a good affirmation to memorize and use when lack shows up, and it will!
The inexhaustible resource of God is equal to every demand.
There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest.
Next Sunday’s talk will be Power: Abundance Through the Spoken Word. Join me…
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey