Sermons by Rev. Bonnie
Living the ``Pro`` in Prosperity
May 5, 2013
I want to be prosperous. I suspect everyone does. I wonder if my notion of prosperity is the same as my friends, or my relatives, or my colleagues. And, what the heck do we mean by prosperity anyway? What does it take to be and to live prosperously?
As I stared into my computer screen with the word prosperity written on it, wondering how to proceed—I had my “Eureka” moment. The first three letters of prosperity are P R O. Pro. OK then, why not talk about how to be a Prosperity Pro or a Pro at Prosperity? So be it—let’s get started.
We can look at the word pro in two ways. One is thinking of a pro as an expert—as in pro athlete. Someone who excels at the task they are doing. The other way to think of pro is when we are for something—as in pro-democracy or pro-choice. What a wonderful combination of words—let’s be in favor of prosperity and professional prosperity-livers at the same time.
The person who lives prosperity in a casual way as opposed to being a pro will always be surprised when prosperity comes their way. The pro knows that it is a normal and natural way of being. The casual observer limits their idea of prosperity to money. The pro knows that prosperity is about: friendships, opportunities, health, time to play, love, and doing for others.
Let’s examine the life of a prosperity pro. Let’s take a look at Moses. After all, Passover starts tomorrow night, and Moses is a key player in that story. Moses, a n Israelite, was put into a basket and into the river by his birth mother to spare him from death, as the Egyptian Pharaoh had declared that all male babies of the Israelites be put to death. The Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby rolling down the river and raised him as her own.
As an adult Moses saw an Egyptian guard beating a Hebrew man. Moses killed the guard and fled Egypt. He became a shepherd, married, had kids. OK, he seems pretty prosperous thus far—his life was spared, he stood up for injustice (tho perhaps his method was a bit drastic), he found an occupation and had a family. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Moses was minding his own business, herding his sheep, when he came upon a bush that burned and was not consumed. As Moses drew near, God spoke to him and instructed him to go back to Egypt to deliver his people from bondage. For most of us that declaration from God would complicate matters. We would be worried about who would sub-let our home or how we would survive without a job, or even what clothes to pack. What is the appropriate attire when making a demand of the Pharaoh?? And would we feel prosperous as we tried to make this trip back to Egypt happen?
So, Moses went down—as in “Go Down Moses—way down in Egypt land”. Moses was a stutterer. He didn’t think he was such a good choice to be the one to deal with Pharaoh, and when God tells you you are the one—well, I guess we have a choice to believe it or not. Moses meets up with Pharaoh. Pharaoh had a pretty hard heart and realized he had a lot of cheap labor helping him build the Pyramids, so he wasn’t all that keen on letting the Israelites go. Ten plagues later, Pharaoh realized his prosperity was about to head out to freedom.
Many challenges still awaited Moses once he got his people out of Egypt—from crossing the Red Sea, to his people worshipping a Golden Calf while he was up on Mt. Sinai getting the Ten Commandments, to continued whining and doubt expressed by the Israelites. Finally after forty years he gets his people to the edge of the promised land, but he himself does not enter it. And there you have the Cliff Notes version of Moses and his travels.
Looking at the notion of prosperity—what were the ways that Moses lived like a prosperity pro? He kept on when situations looked dire. He lived his best self even when he had doubts. He kept a vision of success even when he was surrounded by pessimists. He desired the highest good for all those around him. A pro doesn’t go a day or even an hour without acknowledging the prosperity that they have and the prosperity that they know will be coming to them. The pro walks in the steps of gratitude and holds the energy and vibration of a benign world that is filled with hope, optimism, and divinity.
Which reminds me of a story… Sam walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. ”By the way”, asks the boss as Sam is getting up, “which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company”, Sam replied.
Sam held the vision of abundance and was able to manifest his preferred future.
What are some steps we can take to be a prosperity pro?
Step One: Adjust the way we view things. Our job as a spiritual warrior is to choose how we view the world. Has your dentist ever put on those glasses with a microscope or a telescope or whatever that contraption is? They are looking to see you mouth differently—to understand what is happening so that a remedy can be found. And that remedy usually pays for their summer home in the mountains… I’ve learned never to go to the dentist when the winter holidays approach. I’m convinced that that’s how they buy their holiday gifts on what they “find” in my mouth. So, we can choose how to view our circumstances—whether it’s a tree on our house or a job that falls through, or a relationship that fails. Prosperity shows up in ways that we don’t expect. Blessings are at our every turn and with our every breath. Choose to see them. Listen to the burning bush. Expect that the Universe will find a way for you to cross the Red Sea.
Step Two: A pro sees what they have more than what they don’t have. A pro leaves space in their life to know that transformation and manifestation is possible. A pro keeps their eyes on the prize and uses tools such as affirmations, meditation, prayer, and visualization to keep themselves focused and open to the abundance that is their birthright.
Step Three: Don’t let the naysayers get you down. Moses had a bunch of whiners with him. They always found something to complain about and many times said to Moses, “This is what we left Egypt for? At least there we (fill in the blank) had food, had shelter, got to rest…” It took forty years for Moses to get them to the Promised Land not because he wouldn’t ask directions, but because he needed the generation that had absorbed the slave mentality to die out.
On Passover, we are asked to retell the story of liberation as if we had ourselves escaped from Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for Egypt, which translates as “narrow places” or blockages.” We are asked to identify what our narrow spaces are—what are the ways we think small, act small, live small? There are always going to be folks who think they make themselves tall by making us small. Bless their pointy heads and move on. Their choices do not have to be ours.
It is time for us as spiritual warriors to liberate ourselves from pessimism, criticism, self-consciousness, and fear and live full, whole, and holy lives. Now is the time to claim ourselves as beings of light. Now is the time to know that we are Prosperity Pros and to embrace and live that way.
And speaking of spiritual warriors, this Tuesday the Supreme Court will hold a hearing on Proposition 8 which will determine whether a person can marry the person they love, and on Wednesday they will have a hearing on DOMA—the Defense of Marriage Act which will determine whether there will be federal recognition of all legal marriages. We know that only love exists and anything not of love is fear. May the Justices listen with an open heart and become prosperity pros themselves as they rise to allow the highest good and vibration to prevail. May we all hold the intention of love and inclusion this week and beyond.
Let’s play like the pros: 1) Adjust the way the way we view things—choose to see the blessings in all aspects of our lives. 2) See more of what we have then what we don’t have, and 3) Don’t let the naysayers get us down.
I want to be prosperous. And know what—I already am.
©Bonnie J Berger
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