In Matthew 13:12, Jesus tells us For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
This perceived redistribution of income from the rich to the richer rather than to the poor sounds like late 20th century capitalism instead of 1st century Gospel. Or the unattributed 16th century proverb “Money makes money”. Our initial response to both statements is that it is just not fair “to give to him who has and take from him who has not”. Indeed, Robin Hood’s redistribution in reverse!
But what if we considered this verse outside of the most obvious context of money?
You can insert a few nouns into the scripture to clarify its meaning:
For whosoever hath knowledge, to him shall be given more knowledge, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not knowledge, from him shall be taken away even the knowledge that he hath.
For whosoever hath understanding, to him shall be given more understanding, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not understanding, from him shall be taken away even the understanding that he hath.
But for our purposes and those of the Law of Attraction, the best interpretation is:
For whosoever hath GRATITUDE, to him shall be given more, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not GRATITUDE, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
The magic word is gratitude!
The Law of Attraction tells us that our thoughts create our reality. If you have complaining thoughts of deficiency and want, you will have a life of lack. If you have grateful thoughts of thanksgiving, you will have a life filled with more things to appreciate.
In other words, what you focus on expands!
Consider Jesus’ words in the context of the Law of Attraction:
If you focus on what you don’t have, you will attract even less. If you focus on what you do have, you will attract even more. If you are too needy or desperate, you will end up repelling the very thing you want to attract. When you are grateful for what you have, even when it is not enough, you’ll attract more of the good things in your life.
It doesn’t matter how bad your situation may seem, there is always something to be grateful for. I start my day off by giving thanks for life. With so many people dying, I am certainly thankful for another day. This gives me positive energy that is essential to making the Law of Attraction work.
I go throughout my day giving thanks for safe travels, for money to buy food, for happy coincidences. There are more things to be thankful for than there are seconds in the day!!
Two things that I would encourage you to do to promote a spirit of gratitude are
Keep a gratitude journal
Commit to not complaining for 24 hours at a time
A gratitude journal is nothing more than a book or notepad where you write down all of the things you love and appreciate about your life. What you’re grateful for could be something as simple as having two legs to walk on, or your eyesight that allows you to observe the beauty of life. The things that we take for granted are the things that we should be most grateful for.
Writing down the things you’re grateful for in your journal may also help you gain insight into
what’s really important in your life. Take note of what you’re continually writing down. Remember, everything is energy and focusing on what you love will inevitably bring you more of it.
Complaining can completely ruin your life by taking all the happiness out of it. Spending time criticizing everything is the easiest way to become dissatisfied about anything that crosses your path. When you constantly complain, you develop a negative mentality about everything. That leads to discontent and inner turmoil.
Not to mention that complaining is not at all effective. If you’re displeased with life, make it your mission to change your situation! Don’t talk about it, be about it!
The law of attraction is clear. Whatever you give your attention, energy and focus to, you magnify – and draw more of the same to you. Do you want to increase the level of dissatisfaction and discontent in your life? That’s exactly what you’re doing when you complain.
Let’s always be thankful and never complain about anything. Remember that there are people in this world who are in worse circumstances than you. For that alone you should be grateful! Remember, when you are grateful, the universe will give you more things that you can be grateful for.
Two more things to be grateful for?
Prosperity is our right.
We are the creators of our reality.