The Awesome Power of Gratitude

“Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

Mark 4:25

The above quotation, at first glance, must appear to be the cruel dictates of a very unjust God. However, upon a deeper understanding of this statement is actually revealed the solution to any financial problems you may be currently experience yourself as having.

The true meaning of this quote is that it is gratitude, or a lack thereof, that will determine if we will be a “have” or a “have not.”

When it is said that he who has will be given more, whereas he who does not have will even have what they do have taken away, what is really being said is that we all get what we put our attention on.

In truth, all of us have things that we desire to have in life. But, the problem in most our lives is that we focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have, and this determines what we get out of life. Thus, another way of phrasing this quote that makes more sense for a modern audience would be, “ we all attract to us what we focus on the most; focusing on what you do have will attract more of the experience of having, whereas focusing on what you don’t have will attract more of the experience of not having.”

The truth is that this quote is nothing other than an ancient formulation of the principle which we have come to call in modern times the ‘law of attraction’. The law of attraction states that we all get what we focus on, whether that is something we want or don’t want. And therefore, as a result of the two basic ways we can focus our attention (do have or don’t have) this law can only yield the result of expanding that which it is we are focused on, regardless if we are seeing our cup as “half-full” or “half-empty.” Seeing the cup of your life as half-full will lead to the Universe pouring more in your cup, whereas seeing your cup as half empty will lead even to the depletion of what you do have.

Thus, the way to apply this wisdom to your life is always to focus on what you do have, and never on what you don’t have, and, furthermore, to always be grateful for what you do have.  In other words, even if there is but a few drops of abundance currently in the cup of your life, be grateful for those few drops and the Universe will surely pour more into your cup, and soon, you will find that, at last, your cup spilleth over.

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  2. Excellent post Kevin. Look for it on the Success and Abundance Mindset Carnival next week. I love your style.

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  4. Gratitude is seemingly the simplest, easiest, and most obvious response to most of our daily experience, yet somehow it has become (in our culture, at least) awkward. This in the sense that we have developed such an irrational attitude of *entitlement* and impatience for instant gratification, that to behave otherwise makes one stand out. An earnest statement of gratitude innately requires response, but Americans are fearful of real, earnest dialogue.

    -Phil

    Comment by Phil — April 25, 2007 @ 1:56 am

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    When it is said that he who has will be given more, whereas he who does not have will even have what they do have taken away, what is really being said is that we all get what we put our attention on….

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  9. Hey Kevin,
    I Love what you are doing here, keep up the good work!

    Comment by Jim — October 15, 2009 @ 1:45 am

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