There’s a quiet confidence that comes from believing that God’s grace is at work, bringing about your desires in better ways than you can imagine.
Prior to experiencing the miracles of trusting in God, I felt like I was on my own. With this feeling of being all on my own, I believed that I had to rely solely upon my own efforts to succeed. In other words, cunning and scheming. I had no idea that cunning and scheming to make things happen is an expression of doubt. This just fueled more concern, more worry and more scheming. Not only was it exhausting, I never got ahead. There’s a saying about this: “If you have to fight to get it, you’ll have to fight to keep it.” How true.
I don't fight anymore. I quit attempting to make things happen and I've instead come to trust in the law of least effort. The origin of the word affluence means to be in the flow. So as soon as we can break away from our management and control procedures, we begin to enjoy the affluent life. The simplest way to do this is to just focus on exuding unconditional love. Give up trying to get. Enjoy believing that as you give love unconditionally throughout your day, God is scheduling divine appointments on your behalf. A good friend of mine would often exclaim, “When I’m busy taking care of God’s business, God’s busy taking care of my business.”
Experiment for yourself. Make the intention that from now until the end of the day, you will act on every generous impulse. What is a generous impulse? The impulse to share a smile with a stranger. The impulse to wave and say hello to a passerby as you cross paths. It could be to say a kind word or to give a compliment. Following this impulse always feels good and brings happiness. Most prosperous, happy and generous folks will say that they achieved their success by following their bliss. This is exactly what they’re talking about.
I had just parked my car in an underground parking garage when I noticed that the car I parked next to had a special license plate indicating that the owner was a military veteran. Being a veteran myself, I took a closer look at the medallion on the plate. It was the U.S. Coast Guard insignia. Holy cow -- I’m a Coast Guard veteran, too! I got excited, since bumping into another Coast Guard veteran is rare. Hopefully I’ll bump into them, I thought.
After going about my business in town, I walked back toward my car to leave. A car had stopped to allow me to cross the lane. It was the car with the Coast Guard veteran plates. The timing was impeccable. I went for it. I risked embarrassment and motioned to the driver to roll down their window. I didn’t want to stifle the generous impulse to let the man behind the wheel know that I was a Coast Guard veteran, too.
He was startled at first, but once he discovered why I was flagging him down, we had a wonderful conversation. He was a commanding officer, and in his retirement, he had been teaching courses on city government at the local college. He had even been mayor of our town. I let him know that after I completed my tour of duty, I went to art school and currently I have been doing some illustration.
Upon hearing this, he asked if I was familiar with our city’s art foundation. Coincidentally, I had just recently learned about it. When it came out that I had been creating short YouTube videos highlighting the city’s art in public places, he lit up. He then told me that he was on the art foundation’s board of directors, and if I was willing, he would like to have me give a presentation at an upcoming board meeting. I was blown away. It was obvious that no amount of scheming and self-will could have brought about this opportunity.
There is no need to plot or scheme to bring about your heart’s desire. Divine love is ever seeking to express itself through you. Do not let selfishness, doubt or worry stifle it. Follow your bliss, and act on every generous urge. Chances are that it’s God inviting you to accept a divine appointment.
Artist Darrell Fusaro is a decorated U.S. Coast Guard veteran, co-host of the podcast, “Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed” and author of the book, “What if Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?” To learn more about Darrell visit: www.ThisWillMakeYouHappy.com