Dear Lucy: Lately, it just seems that everyone and everything is against me. No matter what I do, I run into roadblocks of criticism or failure. I know that there has to be a way out of this awful place that I am stuck in. Please help! – Stuck
Dear Stuck: It just sounds to me like you have depleted your Spiritual Bank Account!
We often spend most of our time trying to make money, friends, connections and all other sorts of material things to put in an account that we can see, touch, feel and withdraw from. Yet, there is another account that is reserved for us that can never go dry when we learn how to keep it full. I call it my Spiritual Bank Account (SBA).
When we are overly focused on what's going on outside of us, we forget to make deposits in our SBA. We first establish or open our account by realizing that we are the beloved off springs of a Father (God) whose very nature is love. And all of that love is passed down to us. In fact, we live and move and have our very being in the midst of this overwhelming love.
This love cannot be escaped, denied or limited by our petty fears. There is always enough of it to go around. It is out of this love that every sweet blessing flows. It does not judge, criticize, condemn or withhold anything from us. We just have to continually know that it is present...look for it, expect it, praise it, give thanks for it and behave as it behaves.
Now the other thing we have to do to keep our SBA full is to work really hard to see something lovable in every person, condition or situation we meet. No matter how tempted we are to believe that there is no love in the house, we are the only ones who can make the deposit in our account by insisting on searching and finding that love. When we don't see it, we just have to fall back on knowing that it has to be present. We have to know that it is our only expectation! Each time we hold fast to the presence of this love, we are making a deposit in our SBA.
Then, when some situation or experience comes along that seems to be unlovable, unkind, or critical of our ability to succeed, we can whip out our spiritual checkbook and write a check to cover the condition of need. I know this sounds too simple. But the truth is that you and what you think, do and say are all that matters.
When you keep your account full, you can write a check to cover every seeming situation of unkindness, hate, disappointment, discouragement, fear or doubt. Just try it. You don't have to tell anyone when you are doing it. Just make sure you have been making enough deposits to always have what you need to write that check when it's needed.
We have been promised that our Father who loves us is willing to pour out a magnitude of blessings that there shall not be room enough to contain them. But first, we need to get in harmony with Him by seeing with His eyes; the eyes of Love.
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