So many of society’s problems today are caused by poverty and it has nothing to do with money or material things. Wait, what? How can this be?
A person can be well off financially but their mind impoverished by zero sum thinking, where life is a game of winners and losers fighting over limited resources. They approach things from a position of scarcity, grabbing what they can before someone else does and never celebrate the achievements of others because that means there is “less” to go around for them.
A scarcity mindset breeds fear and resentment and is a one-way ticket to the Land of Victimhood, where you’re never at fault, nor required to do anything to change your circumstances and thus you forever remain the same. I’ve spent time there and believe me, while the brochures look nice, it’s not a pretty place to end up in.
Just as so, a poor person with little to their name can live very richly through a spirit of abundance. Winning to them doesn’t mean someone else has to lose and they are always looking for ways to help others. They move forward doing what they can to light up their little corner of the world and are not bothered in the least by other people’s accomplishments; in fact they are inspired by them.
My neighbor is like this. Financially poor and physically disabled, she could have easily and perhaps justifiably, closed off her heart and become bitter. Instead she is always ready with a friendly greeting or homemade gift and radiating smile.
God is close to the hearts of people who live this way, with His promises to satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things eliminating the need to worry and be envious of others. A deep joy results from this, as the enslavement of living by man’s expectations crumbles under the freedom God extends through a life with Him.
So yes, give us this day our daily bread, but not so much that we stuff ourselves silly and start worrying about tomorrow’s take, all while missing the miracles happening every single moment right in front of us.
Live in love, live in abundance.