One rule for successful living that will keep you in a happy place over and over again, is to never set yourself up for loss.
People do it all the time. They outline material outcomes they want, fail to realize them, and then get depressed over coming up short.
Perhaps they want a promotion and it doesn’t come, or are determined to win a sporting event and lose. Maybe they seek the favor of an acquaintance who has other ideas, work to earn more money and still feel behind, or try to lose weight that seems impossible to get rid of.
There is nothing wrong with getting promoted, winning a sport event, asking a friend for a favor, earning more money or staying fit, but there’s a way to approach these outcomes that always guarantees success. And Jesus Christ taught us how to do it. Seek spiritual gain first and foremost!
He taught, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” Matthew 6:33, NLT.
To seek the “kingdom of God,” is to seek spiritual reality.
In spiritual reality, you are a perfect, whole, complete, provided for being with everything you need to be happy, healthy and fit. There isn’t anything material that can be added to you to make you better off than you already are as a divinely loved child of God.
Yes, we need food and clothes and help from others to live successfully on earth, but as Jesus promised, when you seek the spiritual first, God will give you these things as they are needed.
When we love first; express intelligence, wisdom, helpfulness first; be generous, joyous, and grateful first; demonstrate dominion, discipline, temperance, and spiritual satisfaction first; we will have friends that love us and help us, job opportunities to prove our worth and value, neighbors happy to have us around, and a fit body. The human follows the divine.
There are no limits on how fast you can accept spiritual reality and be blessed by its provisions! No one can deny you the opportunity to grow spiritually and express God better.
Seek the spiritual above all else and prevent setting yourself up for loss.
You can always grow spiritually, you can always become a better person, you can always express more ability, you can always be more useful and you can always find something good to be grateful for. And these spiritual states of mind are what matter most in the long run. They free you from the disappointments of earth and prepare you for the riches and blessings of heaven which are eternally yours to enjoy.
So, with the onset of any new project or endeavor you take up, set spiritual goals from the beginning and reach them. Set yourself up for guaranteed gain. The human need will be appropriately supplied every step of the way.