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By Emmet Fox. Here are brief, pointed, practical instructions in successful living to help achieve real health, happiness, prosperity, greater security, andpeace of mind. In clear, concise terms, Emmet Fox outlines the sevenmental laws that are the stepping stones to full realization of the inner, spiritual Power which ties within the reach of anyone who sincerely wants it and who is willing to apply the principles set forth.
Make Your Life Worthwhile reveals how you can put these principles to immediate use to begin transforming your life. Fox explains the eleven key words in the Bible and discusses what the Bible has to say about successful living, showing how its wisdom can become a part of your everyday life. THESE short essays speak for themselves.
They are actually a series of practical instructions in successful living. True success: happiness, peace of mind, prosperity, and real health are within the reach of all who sincerely want them, and who are willing to pay the price. The price you pay is to read these lessons carefully, not once but several times, and then to apply them to the solving of your own practical problems both great and small, for the only way to demonstrate this teaching is to live it.
That power can heal you, and it can inspire you by telling you what to do and how to do it. It can bring you out of the land of Egypt into the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. It can give you peace of mind, and, above all, it can give you direct knowledge of God. There is no problem that prayer cannot overcome, and no good thing that it cannot bring into your life.
This is the message of the whole Bible. It was summed up by Jesus when he said, The Kingdom of God is within you.
Man is slow to realize this, and he wastes his life running after outer things and missing the one thing that matters. He writes and telephones the bank frantically for credit. He pleads with relatives and with money lenders to help him—and all the time the gold mine lies under his fields untouched and unsuspected. This truth was dramatically illustrated by an incident which happened in real life a number of years ago.
The body of a tramp, clad in rags, was discovered near a lime kiln where he had evidently crept for warmth. After the autopsy his clothes were torn up to be put into the incinerator, and, sewn into the lining of the trousers was a bank note for a large amount.
Unquestionably the original owner of the suit had had it sewn in there for safety, and for some unknown reason lost track of it. Consider the situation! Had he realized the wealth he possessed he would have slept under a roof on the fatal night, instead of in the fields—and so preserved his life. Perhaps he would have made a new start with that capital, and done well. Most people are like the hobo in some respect or other, because most people feel a lack of some kind in their lives.
They may have plenty of money and yet be hoboes for health or happiness or spiritual experience. Riches do not become wealth until they are realized.
A talent is dead until it is exploited. Cash your bill at the Bank of Heaven and make it productive in your life. THE one great enemy of the human race is fear. The less fear you have, the more health and harmony you will have. The more fear you have, the more trouble of one kind or another will come into your life. The only real problem of mankind is to get rid of fear. When you really do not fear a situation it cannot hurt you. Of course, you must remember that fear often exists in the subconscious mind without your necessarily being aware of it.
The best evidence that you have gotten rid of fear concerning a particular subject is a sense of joy and happiness about it. An amusing incident happened in Holland a number of years ago. A lion escaped from a traveling circus. Not far away a good housewife was sewing near the open window of her living room. The animal suddenly sprang in, dashed by her like a flash, rushed into the hall and took refuge in the triangular cupboard under the staircase.
The startled woman supposed it to be a donkey and, indignant at the muddy prints it left on her clean floor, pursued it into the dark closet among the brooms and pans, and proceeded to thrash it unmercifully with a broom.
The animal shook with terror and the angry woman redoubled the force of her blows. Then four men arrived with guns and nets and recaptured the animal. The terrified lion gave himself up quietly, only too glad to escape from that dreadful woman. When the good woman discovered that she had been beating a lion, she fainted away and was ill for several days.
This story illustrates perfectly the demoralizing power of fear. Our good housewife completely dominated the lion as long as she thought he was a donkey, and as long as she treated him as a donkey the lion thought she was very powerful and was in abject fear of her. When she discovered her mistake, the old race belief of fear came back and, although she was now perfectly safe, she still reacted in accordance with the race tradition.
Get rid of fear. Concentrate your fire on that, and other things will take care of themselves. The treatment against fear is to realize make real to yourself the Presence of God with you and His unchanging love.
As a certain character on the air used to say, unlax. Do not be tense. To be tense is the surest way to fail in any undertaking great or small. To desire success is a splendid thing but to pursue success too tensely is to make certain of missing it. There is an attitude of mind which may be compared to a clenched fist, a knitted brow, and set teeth; and this attitude cannot bring success. The carefree attitude of approach in any endeavor is a short-cut to success. In music, in sport, in study, in business life, many people fail, or advance very slowly, because they make hard work of it.
They would succeed beyond their wildest expectations if they would treat it as fun. Treat your work as fun.
Regard the difficulties as part of the game, laugh off the annoyances, and the whole picture will change for the better, and stay changed. This, of course, is the real difference between work and play. Many men work harder playing golf than they do at any other time, but they do not know it, because to them it is a game. All men and women who have made a success of any kind have done so by overcoming difficulties. Where there are no difficulties to be overcome, anybody can get the thing done, and doing so cannot be called success.
There was a time when laying a telegraph line from New York to Boston presented many difficulties. Then there was a time when doing that was easy, but laying the Atlantic cable was a great achievement, because of the difficulties which had to be overcome. Later on, marine cable laying became a routine business, but radio across the ocean presented problems which for a time were insuperable.
Then those difficulties were overcome too. There are no personal problems that cannot be overcome by quiet, persistent, spiritual treatment, and the appropriate wise activity. If you have a personal disability that seems to keep you from success, do not accept it as such, but capitalize it and use it as the instrument for your success.
Wells had to give up a dull underpaid job because of ill health, so he stayed at home and wrote successful books and became a world-known author instead. Edison was stone deaf and decided that this would enable him to concentrate better on his inventions. Beethoven did his work in spite of his deafness. Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child and was told he would have to lead a careful retired life. He was a very short-sighted and nervous little boy.
Instead of accepting these suggestions, however, he worked hard to develop his body and became, as we know, a strong husky open-air man and big game hunter Gilbert wrote Pinafore on a sick bed, wracked with severe pain.
The owner of a fashionable dress business in London was the wife of a struggling clerk. He was stricken with tuberculosis. She had never been to business, and had no training of any kind, and found herself having to support a husband and two children. She started with nothing but good taste in clothes and a belief in prayer, and is a wealthy and successful woman today. She says, I thought I would like to sell the kind of clothes I had never been able to afford to buy.
Whatever you think your disability is —capitalize it. Your particular problem will always seem to be especially difficult, but spiritual treatment and courageous determination can overcome anything. WHAT we experience is our own concept of things. That is why no two people see quite the same world, and why, in many cases, different people see such different worlds.
To put it in another way, we make our own world by the way in which we think; for we really do live in a world of our own thoughts. It follows from this that if our thinking is faulty, our conditions must be faulty too until our thinking is corrected; and that it is useless to try to improve outer things if we leave our own mentality unchanged. Let us suppose for the sake of example that a deaf man goes to Carnegie Hall to a Kreisler recital; and that he happens to be a very foolish person.
He sits in the middle of the orchestra and, of course, he does not hear a sound. He is annoyed at this, and changes his ticket for a seat in the first balcony. Here, naturally, he fares no better, and, foolishly thinking that the acoustics of the building are at fault, moves again to the top balcony. Still he cannot hear a sound; so now he goes downstairs again and this time chooses a seat in the very front of the orchestra, only a few yards from the violinist.
Of course, he has no better fortune here, and so he stamps out of the theatre in a huff, declaring that evidently Kreisler cannot play, and that the hall is badly designed for music.
It is easy for us to see that the trouble is really within himself, and that he cannot remedy matters by merely changing his seat. The only thing for him to do is to overcome his deafness in some way, and then he will enjoy the concert.
He must change himself. This parable applies literally to all the problems of life.
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By Emmet Fox. Here are brief, pointed, practical instructions in successful living to help achieve real health, happiness, prosperity, greater security, andpeace of mind. In clear, concise terms, Emmet Fox outlines the sevenmental laws that are the stepping stones to full realization of the inner, spiritual Power which ties within the reach of anyone who sincerely wants it and who is willing to apply the principles set forth. Make Your Life Worthwhile reveals how you can put these principles to immediate use to begin transforming your life. Fox explains the eleven key words in the Bible and discusses what the Bible has to say about successful living, showing how its wisdom can become a part of your everyday life.
Make Your Life Worthwhile