April 3, 2013: Where is Your Wealth?

~ by Mary Galvano

This time of year helps in reminding us of the needs of those less fortunate than we are. It is such a warming feeling to give freely, but what about the other times of the year?

Often when the holidays are over we go back to our normal ways of life, but just because it isn’t Easter doesn’t make the needs of others disappear.

I was reading an article that struck me on this subject. It pertained more to financial wealth, however, and how giving away money is the secret key to financial success. We can apply this information given to other forms of sharing wealth, although I think we can all use a little economic help these days. The article talks about when the funds are low the tendency is to be less generous, more selfish, and the fear begins to feed on itself, making you less open to possibilities. When you are less afraid, you are more generous and it is in giving that great wealth and happiness begins.

Taking this a step further, we all know wealth comes in many forms and not just in the form of money; it is the gifts and talents God has given us. By sharing or giving away the wealth God has graced us with we become even wealthier. It is just like the Bible story tells us about using our talents, if we hide our talents we lose them, if we share them they multiply. The Prayer of St. Francis says it well, “It is in giving of ourselves that we receive.” Take time to read that prayer this week, its message is truly one to live by.

The Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The gift of love, the touch of a human hand or even a simple smile can bring to someone much happiness and comfort. There are so many people that long for these simple little gestures everyday more than anything else in the world. We are the light of the world and we need to keep giving our gifts of light all year round. Give, give, give and watch your wealth multiply.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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