The high price of gas

April 27, 2006 | 3 comments

How upset should we get over the skyrocketing price of gas?

Ouch! says our pocketbook when we buy a tank of fuel these days. I remember when gas was under one dollar a gallon not too many years ago. It’s tempting to feel tense when paying near $3 a gallon for the same substance today.

Whether it’s the cost of gas, housing, or food that squeezes our budget, it’s important that we keep our spiritual mindedness intact when paying the bill. Yes, we need to manage our funds with discretion, but it’s even more important to manage our thoughts wisely and keep them healthy and sound.

Anger or fuming resentment are impoverished ways of thinking and induce impoverished conditions and ways of living. Gratitude, joy, and discipline are enriched ways of thinking and lead to enriched living conditions.

The extra dollars the price of gas may take out of our wallet today will be more than compensated for by the dollars added to our wallet from keeping our thought filled with the wealth of Spirit—the love, peace and intelligence of God that causes us to make wise financial decisions in the first place.

Do we have to get upset over the high price of gas? No. We may not like it, but we don’t have to suffer from it either.

Pour in the riches of gratitude for what you can afford. Exercise restraint with your purchases, and God will bless you in ways you know not of that keep your financial position strong and prospering over the long run.

3 thoughts on “The high price of gas”

  1. Wow, I’m sure the early US colonists felt that maintaining “happy thoughts” while their taxes went through the roof, was the best course of action. I’m sure they were worried about their “spiritual well-being” while not having enough money to buy their children food or clothing.

    In my opinion, we’re not asking the right questions. We shouldn’t be asking why oil prices are going up – we should be asking why we don’t have more choices when it comes to alternative forms of transportation and/or alternative forms of fuel.

    I tell you what – you go pray, and the rest of us will actually “work” on a solution. At the end of the day, when it comes time to produce a solution or to make “real” decisions about what to do… please stay at your church and cast your ethereal ballot with God. At least this way, you won’t do the rest of us any harm by having such an uninformed, unrealistic, and uneducated opinion about such a serious problem.

  2. Hi Derrick,

    Hey, I appreciate your comments. My understanding of the early US colonists was that they were quite spiritually minded. That’s why they came to America in the first place, to worship free of governmental influence. I believe it was their spiritual mindedness that enabled them to rise up and overthrow unjust taxation from foreign powers. And, as I blogged above, my experience has been, we think clearer and act wiser when we’re governed by level-headed spirtitual mindedness than when we’re blinded by rage and hatred.

  3. Your blog reminds me when I was still in my country, a so-called third world one, and as I was a student of this Science, high prices of commodities, public transportation, poverty and so on was a daily conversation among us with rage and hatred! Then later I learned how to think more spiritually about supply coming from Spirit or is the result of trusting that God is able to feed or clothe us in the wilderness. That stopped me joining my neighbors complaining. The effect was each time I didn’t fear for a public transportation, as commuting is mostly our way, here comes a ride to meet my need which sometimes would appear like a personal service going to church and elsewhere. Also attending the Wednesday evening meetings was a challenge because the last trips would have been gone by then. One time it came to me to stop fearing a bad consequence this prayer came to me; “since church is the right place for me that moment God will take care of my needs.” By thinking spiritually I found out that my moment to moment needs were met. Up to this time I am benefiting from that ‘still small voice” of calm and gratitude!

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