“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” Dickens’s immortal words in the mouth of Tiny Tim were the warp and woof of my life. I was the beggar, constantly presenting my bowl to friend, family and stranger alike. I didn’t even have the courage to shave my head and put on a saffron robe. All I had was my need and my bowl.
And then, one day, I changed. Tiny Tim grew. He grew into John McLean. Death no longer was my shadow. Like a millenial’s Chuck Norris joke, death feared me.
What happened? What changed? One day, finally, I was no longer content to be a voyeur, peeping with lust at the life I really wanted. On that day, I knew.
I knew the life I wanted was mine for the taking.
And that made all the difference. My life of asking was over.
God endows each of us with unique gifts. We are all potentially His servants, and the talents are in hand. He wants to live in us as we magnify Him by serving His children, our brothers and sisters. And we serve best as we multiply our talents.
Or put another way, we serve best as we love ourselves enough to let our true talents shine. And talents shine best when we use them for the benefit of others without thought of reciprocal reward.
Charles Haanel mirrored the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. ….” All we need do to claim the estate is to desire it, to own it, and to use it. Grow the person, grow the estate.
The seed of the tree of life is a personal vision of the power within, the power to manifest any life we want.
We plant that seed in the soil of our soul as we become willing to give, perhaps to give all we have, rather than see a brother or sister go begging or otherwise in want. We water and fertilize the seed of our tree of life with the fire of our desire, of that type of desire that will not be denied. We will; therefore there can be no denial.
Just as seeds take time to mature into trees, patience is required as we grow within us our own tree of life. Add to patience diligence, and to diligence faith. And to faith, add persistence. To persistence, add creativity. And, by and by, the tree sprouts, grows, and bears fruit.
And just as a fruit tree begins to bear within 5 years, so our tree of life will take no more than that time to bear fruit. And when it does, that fruit will be sweet above all that is sweet, pure above all that is pure, and we will have joy in the fruits of our labors forever.
And how does this start? With desire. Burning desire. Recognize the concept, relate it to yourself, assimilate the virtue, and apply the resulting lessons. And in time, you’ll become an R2A2 machine.
And the product of that machine? The life you truly desire.by