Living in abundance takes you to another place; wherein you will be able to do things other people can’t, whether it is buying things you desire, going to places you’ve dream of, experiences and the joy that comes from giving.
But, not all of us at this moment has enough resources for that. That means there are things to be done.
During this season of my life, 3 years after graduating in college and right now establishing my career, it becomes very interesting to me to find out what successful people do that places them where they are today. I’ve seek opinions from successful people, read a lot of books on the principles successful people live-by, spending a lot of time watching presentations, and listening podcasts to find out what does it take to live in abundance.
But before we go on, I also want to clear out that just like how broad or differently we can define success, in the same way we can differently define what abundance is depending on our priorities in our lives.
Sharing you the 3 principles I’ve learned and personally learning to live-by to experience abundance.
Stewardship is a very interesting word, I have learned that we are all steward of everything that we have. This comes to me in two difference forms: resources and gifting.
We are raised in different family backgrounds. Some are born in a rich family some are not. But it is not how we are born, it is how we would be faithful in what we are given.
I know people who are earning a lot more than minimum wage even earning about 40k to 50k a month but surprisingly doesn’t have any savings or even emergency fund even a property. I also know people who are only earning minimum wage or a little higher that have their savings, investment (stock market or mutual funds) and even life insurance.
This is where good and bad stewardship shows. Being able to budget, allot resources to your priorities is a sign of good stewardship. Not knowing what’s important and impulse buying on unnecessary items is bad stewardship.
We can learn this lesson from the book of Matthew.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:21
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. – Matthew 25:29
What’s amazing in life is that we are all different. We have different personalities, values, talents, gifting, and in this world of about 7.6 billion people living today, you can’t meet someone who does have the very exact reasoning as you. How amazing is that right?
Having said that, if we have different talents, gifting and skills, surely we can be the best version of us. We don’t have to be the best copy of those that we admired, because we ourselves has our own calling. And we should be faithful with that. Having that skillsets, and gifts that your friend, siblings or workmates doesn’t have, you should be able to discover, develop and use it to live by it.
Be a good steward of what you have and surely the passion and drive will come through. And while you are being faithful with that gift, work with excellence, work with all your heart. Work with the desire to be the best in what you do and be the hardest working person on the room.
“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” – Proverbs 10:4
Integrity is the state of being whole and undivided says Merriam-Webster dictionary. I find this word very important in my life. It would be very hard for me to follow superiors without the strong sense of integrity in them.
And I strongly believe that this what makes successful people successful. Without this, even having great wealth, it’s very hard for me to consider someone successful. Because I know that there will be no joy nor peace of mind apart from integrity.
And this subject is a broad one. As a Christian I even consider giving back to God his portion of what He entrusted me is part of being a person of integrity. In the book of Malachi God said that we are robbing Him if we are not faithfully giving our tithes and offerings. Even in Mark 12:17, Jesus said: “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
While we work excellently, with integrity, soon enough we will experience life in abundance with joy and peace of mind.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. – Proverbs 10:9
Lastly but surely not the least is giving. This is a very shocking discovery for me. After hearing a lot of successful people share their secrets to success, this is what most, if not, all of them have in common, they give. They personally believe that giving is a big part of the reason they are blessed with success. There is a saying that the more you give, the more you receive. It was illogical for me at first, but I discovered that this is truly how it goes.
This is a principle, and if you want to live abundantly, you should start giving today, you’ll be amazed on how you’ll be blessed. Even not financially, maybe relationally, emotionally, or the joy that comes from it.
As Denzel Washington says: “The most selfish thing you can do in this world is help someone else, why is it selfish? Because the gratification, the goodness that comes from you, the good feeling, the good feeling that I get, from helping others. Nothing is better that that. Not jewelry, not big house I have, not the cars. But the joy, that’s where the joy is, in helping others, that where the success is.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:24 – 25
give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. – Luke 6:38
That’s it! Live by this three principles: S I G (Stewardship, Integrity and Giving) and watch how your life will change. Where joy and peace is present.