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Sunday Message for September 13, 2020


Father/Mother/God, we know you are with us today to help us keep our minds open to new wisdom and new ways of expressing your love. We ask that you be with all of those in this nation who are suffering whether it be from Covid or politically or emotionally or psychologically or physically. Be with them all. Help to heal them. Help to reassure them. Let them know that you are there at all times and that they are never alone. Father we give thanks for your love and for your healing. We give thanks for your having created us in your image and likeness and allowed us to have the free will to move forward spiritually to higher levels. Amen.

Ed Rabel wrote: "Another meaning of asking in the name of Jesus Christ would be to align yourself with the givingness part of God's nature. Remember that God is givingness itself or let us say that givingness itself is one of the divine ideas in God-Mind. It is a beautiful idea, givingness."a

Wow! I wish I had said those words. Well, I did say them - what I really mean is, I wish I had written them! They were written by Ed Rabel, and they lay the foundation for our theme this month.

This month we embark on a grand experiment to prove our ability:
     To live abundantly - in ALL aspects of our lives,
     To love abundantly - in ALL ways, and
     To have abundant joy throughout ALL our experiences.
. . . by the very act of being a "Go-Giver" to life rather than a "go getter".

A lot of people balk when they hear that the secret to an abundant life is giving. Then, again a lot of people are nowhere near as abundant as they would like to be.

And if these words from the Bible don't sum it all up, I don't know what does: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."b

Who was here last week? Ah, good! Remember the stages of spiritual unfoldment that we talked about. What were they? They were Why Me, the mortal stage; By Me, the metaphysician stage; Through Me, the Mystic; and As Me, the master - remember?

And remember that we discussed how being a giver to life places us in the Through Me and As Me stages.

Also, how many of you remember that you had an assignment? Ah, good again. Now here's the real question. How many of you did the assignment? Congratulations to those who did.

Last week I told you that we would spend the rest of the month looking at 5 Laws for Stratospheric Success from this little book entitled The Go-Giver. This book is really a book about success in business, written in parable form. But the laws in it definitely translate across business lines.

Today we'll look at the first two and then, like last week, you will have an assignment to apply each one!

The two laws can be encapsulated with the question, which is the title of this morning's talk: What do you bring to the table?

1. The First Law

We'll talk about it a bit and then I will spell it out. In the words of The Go-Giver: "Great fortunes in the world have been created by men and women who had a greater passion for what they were giving - their products, their services or their ideas - than for what they were getting."c

But a lot of people don't operate like this. In fact, they operate with the mindset that says to the fireplace, "first you give me some heat, then I'll throw on some logs." Or that says to the bank, "Give me interest on my money, then I'll make a deposit." And of course, it just doesn't work that way.

In those instances, the fact that life doesn't work that way is obvious, even ridiculous, isn't it?! Of course, you need to give the wood in order to receive the heat. Of course, you need to make a deposit before you will earn interest.

But when it comes to living the abundant life or letting God live and move and have Its very being through and as us, we forget, and we tune into our favorite internal radio station, the one we talked about last week. What is it? WIIFM - What's in it for me?

Here's a little secret I'm going to let you in on: Those who live the abundant life keep their focus on what they're giving, sharing, the value they bring to the world, not on what they are going to get out of it and that's what creates their success.

So, the first law of stratospheric success according to The Go Giver is this: "Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment."d

Now wait -- before you write that down - I need to make a slight adjustment to it. I wanted to share it with you how it is written in the book, but there's something about it that doesn't sit well with me so I need to do what I often do. The phrase "your true worth is determined by" is the phrase I'm not comfortable with.

Spiritually, your true worth isn't dependent upon anything! You are inherently worthy simply because of who you are.

So, here's the first law of Stratospheric Success, according to me, with my apologizes to Bob Burg and John David Mann, the authors of The Go Giver: "Your true ability to create an abundant life is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment."

The point isn't to have people pay you more, it's to give them more. You give. Why? Because it really is your Divine Nature. It's not a strategy, it's a way of life.

The Go Giver used a restaurant as an example and it poses the question "What makes a great restaurant?" The immediate answer is "good food," but that's only a partial answer. Here's the rest:

A bad restaurant tries to give just enough food and service, both in quantity and quality, to justify the money it takes from the customer.

A good restaurant strives to give the most quantity and quality for the money it takes.

But a great restaurant strives to defy imagination. Its goal is to provide a higher quality of food and service than any amount of money could possibly pay for.

But following this law doesn't necessarily mean that your abundance will increase. According to The Go-Giver, this first law determines your potential for success. But it's the second law that determines how abundant you actually are.

2. The Second Law

The second law says this:"Your income [changed to your abundance] is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them."e

Or put another way, your abundance is directly proportional to how many lives you touch.

If you want more abundance, find a way to serve more people. It's that simple.

It also means there are no limitations on your abundance, because you can always find more people to serve. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."f

Another way to say that might be: Everybody can live abundantly because anybody can give.

Recap and Application

First Law: Your true ability to create an abundant life is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

Second Law: Your abundance is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

In the book, our hero, Joe, is learning one law a day and in order to continue with the mentor who is teaching him these laws, he must implement each Law every day. He can't just think about it, he can't just talk about it, he has to apply it, and he has to apply it by the end of the day. You have the same mission - only you have a week to apply these two laws!

How did Joe do it? At first, he had no idea, but knowing he HAD to in order to continue being mentored, the ideas just came.

His opportunity to practice the first one came when the representative of a potential BIG client called to say the client wasn't going to use Joe's firm because they needed someone with more international experience. Joe was deeply disappointed, because he only had until Friday of that week to meet his quarterly sales goals and he wasn't nearly there. Just as he was about hang up the phone, he remembers he had a stack of business cards of his competitors - those people he kept in mind to keep him motivated to get the clients they didn't. And he pulled one of them out and passed the name on to the client's representative, saying "here, this guy has international experience. Maybe he can help."

First Law: Your true ability to create an abundant life is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

He had no idea how to implement the second law - serve more people - but at the end of his meeting the day he learned of this law, his new mentor's assistant gave him a bag of gourmet coffee. And so Joe went back to the office, brewed a pot and walked around the office serving everyone a cup.

Second Law: Your abundance is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

That is how our hero in the parable implemented these two laws. I'm thinking how I can, and I'll report back next week.

So how can you, this week, implement these two laws? That is your charge. That is your mission.

And that is how you can become a go-giver and prove your ability to live, to love and to laugh abundantly! And so it is!

Father/Mother/God, help me this week to give more in value then I take in payment. Help me to find people to serve and serve them well. Be with me this week as I remain safe and well and giving. Also be with all of the people in our congregation. Let them know that you are with them every moment and that you love them in every moment. Thank you Father Amen

aEd Rabel
bLuke 6:38
cBob Burg & John David Mann The Go-Giver
dBob Burg & John David Mann The Go-Giver
eBob Burg & John David Mann The Go-Giver
fRev. Martin Luther King, Jr

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