God, ATM’s & FAITH

God, Faith & Your Local ATM

I went to a birthday lunch today with a good friend of mine, which brought up an interesting conversation about how God does NOT function as an ATM.  Which, of course, had me, immediately wanting to challenge that statement.  (Being a mindset coach and all!)  I simply chimed in saying, “I don’t know about that.”  Which, of course, is my way of saying, are you sure you want to limit God like that?  I mean, why?  If God could function as your own personal ATM machine, (all you had to do was align with that belief) I mean, wouldn’t you want HIM to?

“I would! I do!”  I openly admit it.  “Allow ME!  Pick ME to BE  FIRST in that line!” (Although, I would gladly wait my turn if that’s what it took.)  And yet, some people are born into wealth, others marry into it, and some just plumb create it on their own!  Isn’t that fascinating and kind of like the same thing?   I’ll gladly believe in a God as great and good as that!  A God who is as kind, generous, loving and abundant as an Ever-Ready Energizer kind of (Easter) Bunny of an ATM machine.  I mean, wouldn’t you?

And because God is infinite, that would imply that any number of people could show up in that line and the everlasting (Gobstopper style) ATM machines would be available to us all.  NEVER running dry (like that oil in the Bible) and ALWAYS having enough to bake bread and feed those who come, even unexpected guests!

Those who come?  Could that have something to do with it?  I mean, that’s the kind of Loving Father in Heaven I could get excited about!  (Anyone know any guys who love like that?  For that matter, how about any of us gals?  Do “we” love like that?)  This to me, “feels” like a LOVING GOD, the kind I WANT to BELIEVE IN!  The kind of God who welcomes ALL of HIS CHILDREN (each of us) into HIS Heavenly Kingdom.

What if this EASTER is the time to RAISE a NEW IMAGE or IDEA of GOD in your life?  An image of a God that ACTUALLY “FEELSGOOD on the INSIDE, like a TREASURE CHEST of GOLD!  Hmm, Chest of Gold?  Could that be my heart?  What if part of  JOY in life is creating mindsets and images of God, that when you resonate with BOOM, like an X, YOU HIT the MARK, your pot of GOLD at the end of the rainbow, and you light up like a Christmas tree form the inside out!  What if part of faith is that, it IS PERSONAL and that YOU, are your own AUTHORITY, (author of you own life) because only YOU, KNOW what DOES & Doesn’t FEEL GOOD on the inside.  Only YOU are privy to all of your thoughts and the flashes that run through your mind (no matter how brief) you entertained them?

What if your heart is the chest and your accepted image of God is the buried treasure and life is about sifting the sand that got in?  What if the stuff that doesn’t feel so good, or turn out so well, is merely “coal” being offered as an opportunity to unearth, a diamond?   What if the X that marks the spot, is when you HIT the nail on the head with the IMAGE of GOD that your SOUL KNOWS to BE TRUE and ALREADY LOVES?

What if you (and I) could TRUST that this is EXACTLY why when we FEEL GOOD, WE FEEL GOOD?  We FEEL GOOD because we ARE BEING a TRUE EXPRESSION of the GOD that WE DO BELIEVE IN, KNOW and LOVE!  We ARE ALIGNED with WHO & WHAT WE ARE: LOVE, BEAUTY, HOLY, PURE, TRUE!  We are ALIGNED and in FULL INTEGRITY!   Our image of ourself with our IMAGE of GOD that WE DO WANT TO BELIEVE IN!

What if the things that “feel” like land mines or bombs in the world of “life” are our “GOLDEN” opportunities to re-invent our IMAGE of GOD or ourself!  And all we have to do is search inside ourselves for a thought that “feels” like a sense of relief!  From here, all we need do is chip away and whittle or shape and mold our beliefs until we come up with something that “feels” like solid GOLD!

What if we keep running this image of gold (that “feels” like a solid God) through our metabolism until we have formed a DIAMOND that is crystal clear in our mind’s eye and that because of this clarity, we live our lives anew, from a newly formed, image of a GOD that loves beyond love we have yet, known?

What if part of FAITH is being solid with what you believe because YOU and only YOU have instant access to the X’s that have hit the spot in your life?  How daring, adventurous or crazy are YOU WILLING to BELIEVE???

Share your what if… with me today.

How long ago was it that people believed the world was flat and that we could actually fall off?  Does everyone today believe that man has walked upon the moon?  And yet, we’re all still here.  Pretty cool isn’t it!  You don’t need to be “right” about what you believe simply become aware of what you believe.

If, to believe, is a gift of “freewill”, ask yourself how “free” your belief causes you to “feel” and of whose will did/does this “belief” originate?  Why bother entertaining a thought that causes you to “feel” bad about something?  Is there any harm in entertaining a thought that could open a door or actually cause you to “feel” good?

Example:

I wish “so and so” would treat me better!  Hmm, that doesn’t “feel” so good.  How might I try on a new thought?  One that “feels” just a bit better, like a sense of relief?

“So and so”, doesn’t always treat me in a fashion that I like.  Hmm, can’t remember the last time he/she did…   Well, now, that’s no better either.

Just because “so and so”, doesn’t treat me the way I like, I like the way “I” treat my dog, well, usually.  Anyway, my dog always treats me, real well.  When she doesn’t, there’s a good reason.  I think, I’ll imagine that “so and so”, simply has a his/her reason.  They probably have to “pee” like a son of a “gun” and need me to open the door so they can get out!

Yes, that must be it!  That “feels” better already!  I’m even starting to laugh.  I’m always thankful that my dog makes it outside to piddle even though I have to open and close the door.  She never says, “thank you” but, I’m sure thankful!  I know I sure appreciate her holding her business even if  she has to stand on her head, if that’s how long it takes to get my attention.  I wonder what kind of “attention” this person really wants?  I think I’ll have fun learning to open that door while learning to close the repeating “scenario” of this scene.

Wow!  Not only do I “feel” better!  I FEEL empowered!   Curious and maybe even mischievous!   Who says, it can’t be fun…

So, whatever you BELIEVE, may it BE FUN, EMPOWERING and add WONDER to your years!  And YES, even your EARS!

 

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2 Responses to God, ATM’s & FAITH

  1. Lesa says:

    I didn’t attend church much as a kid. The version of God that they espoused seemed so limiting to me. I like your version much better, Brenda.

    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Lesa! Yes, indeed, religion can place many limitations on God and HIS mercy and goodness of which many people (I’m now learning) never seem to have even questioned. Thank GOD for my new found freedom to receive and “bank on” a True Loving GOD.

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