You may have all the wealth you can possibly acquire – including expensive cars, houses, lots of investments and assets – but still not feel rich enough. Definitely, there is a missing link. That missing link is how you think. If you don’t think you’re rich, you are not rich. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
You become rich when you have the mind-set of abundance. You attract the feeling of abundance when you are happy with yourself, with what you have and actually enjoy them. Norman Vincent Peale said, “If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.” Limited thoughts create limited lives and limited success.
What are your expectations? If you expect positive outcomes, most often they will come to pass. If you expect negative outcomes, they will also show up. In computer language, we say, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Therefore, it is better to create an attitude of expectation from life, which has endless opportunities. Thinking of inadequacy comes from poor thinking, which takes richness away from your life.
If you want to count your riches, never just count only the money and assets you have. Consider the blessings and benefits money cannot buy. Just think of lives you’re positively touching. Think of the value people have for your life. How do people feel at the mention of your name? What legacy are you leaving?
A truly rich person may not necessarily have the best things in life but he makes the best use of whatever he has. He actually enjoys life. You don’t have to wear the most expensive wristwatch, shoes, rings or drive the most expensive cars. In fact, a study of the lifestyle of many millionaires shows that they don’t indulge on those luxuries. They live a simple life and take care of little things. They are not wasteful or ostentatious. But they know and believe they are rich. It has been found that millionaires don’t even wear varieties of clothes.
If you want to feel truly rich, start counting all the things you can have which money cannot buy. If you want to enjoy a life of true abundance, seek peace of mind, joy of living, helping, giving and serving others selflessly. Add value to people’s lives and show gratitude to those who help you in one way or the other.
Remember that God is the Giver of all good and perfect gifts (James 1:17). He will never give His children any blessing that will ultimately derail His purpose for them or too much for them to handle. He is interested in the prosperity of His people. It is His pleasure that His children have joy, peace, good health, and that their real needs supplied.
Don’t have a get-rich-quick mentality. Have the grace to let wealth grow like a plant. It should not be like a mushroom that grows overnight only to die soon after. The successful life is not a quick-fix. It does not happen overnight. It is a not an event but a process. This is why people who win lotteries do not usually sustain their wealth. Getting rich through gambling, football pools and lotteries is usually not enduring.
It has been observed that the poor and middle income earners spend a lot of their hours in front of the TV while rich people continuously read and learn. They are interested in making money and investing. Comparing your material possessions with your neighbours’ will not make you richer. Instead, it can bring you poverty mentality.
It is always better to look inwards for God’s blessings in your life. When you do that, you will always be grateful to God. This attitude of gratitude brings greater blessings.
Above all, do not love money which is the root of all evil. When money is loved and accumulated beyond measure, the owner will never be satisfied. He will still want more and more.
Bear in mind also that lack of money is a major cause of the evils we have in the society today. A lot of crimes today are associated with poverty.
What is richer than God’s blessings and benefits? Psalm 103:3-5 asks you not to forget such benefits – forgiveness of your sins, redeeming you from hell, crowning you with love and mercy, wrapping you with goodness and renewing your youth.