So, late night viewing brings me to Mike Murdoch again of Inspiration Ministries. Last night was a new program but a review of his “seven laws” for success in life. I’ll recap it here because they are, to me, wonderful lessons for contemplation. Whether the final call to send money is the right thing, well, I still haven’t bought into it. It’s funny, but when you see the same thing over and over, you begin to see some of the contradictions, and where there might be the lie hidden in the truth. But, there is a lot of good stuff in it so I’ll recap it for you, but I’m wary of anyone whose pitch is, don’t be dumb, don’t be ignorant(when I bought my car so many years ago, that was the pitch the guy used to sell me extra insurance,”don’t make the biggest mistake of your life and drive the car off the lot without supplemental insurance.” Luckily I was so done with the car buying process, I was ready to not spend one more dime for the car).
Law # 1 The Law of difference.
This is having the wisdom to be able to discern difference. What makes you different from everyone else. What problem can you solve?
Law#2 The Law of the Mind
Knowing how to focus the mind, to rule the mind, to make the mind work for you, not let the mind control you. To learn, to be focused, to concentrate, to have a picture in your mind of what you want and go for it, like visualization. See it. Have pictures up on the wall.
Law# 3 The Law of Recognition
The thing you need is there; it’s just a matter of recognizing it. If there’s something missing in your life, there’s more than likely something you’re not seeing. Most of the time it’s right in front of your face but you are so conditioned and so distracted that you don’t see it. I like this one a lot. Tai chi helps with this, and taking the time for contemplation and meditation. What are you not seeing?
Law #4 The Law of 2
Mike Murdoch speaks of the power of covenant, and that the difference in seasons is a person. One person can change your life in 24 hours. All you need is one person to recognize what is special about you, to take you on as a mentor to you, to enter into a covenant with you. Who is that person?
Law #5 The Law of Place
Where you are is as important as what you are. Mike Murdoch speaks of Jesus, who had to leave his hometwown and preach elsewhere to be recognized. When you are where you belong, your genius emerges. So it behooves us to consider whether we are where we need to be, and if not, where is that place.
Law #6 The Law of Honor
Your future is determined by who you have chosen to honor. You must have a code of honor. Honor is a seed that will outlast a lifetime.
Law #7 The Law of the Seed
Our offerings to God are seeds that produce a harvest. There are many types of seeds in our life. Honor is the seed for access, kindness is a seed, time is a seed, love is a seed, teaching is a seed, giving is a seed. This law is to work in the financial arena as well.
But there are two important caveats Murdoch adds–we need to learn to reap what we sow. If we do not reap what we sow, there is no harvest. And, expectation is an important and essential part of the equation. If we seed without expectation of of reaping a harvest, we will not reap the harvest. If we expect a harvest of God, it shows faith in God, and faith in God is confidence in God, and God likes us to have confidence in him.
I will add here that when a farmer plants his seeds, it takes an awful lot of seeds to make a harvest, and many of the seeds don’t take. The same probably holds true in ther mystical sense. We may plant a lot of seeds, a teacher for example, in his or her lifetime, plants many seeds in many students, but not all bear fruit.
I will also add here that while I think I believe in sowing money as a seed, you do have to discern carefully where you are sowing that money.