What prosperity is to me. A Powerful Quote by, MLK Jr.

My thoughts pale in comparison to the legacy of wisdom Dr. King left for us, but I am grateful for the chance to pass along one of his many truths and the thought that it ensued in me, though, they’ve just begun to marinate in my mind.

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” – MLK Jr.

“But I say to you who are listening now to Me: [in order to heed, make it a practice to] love your enemies, treat well (do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred, invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].” – Luke 6:27-28

Can’t do it?  Consider this.

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10

Remember, Job’s “friends” were less than friendly when He lost his entire family, his wealth, and when his health was failing.  Yet Job prayed for them.

I cannot promise all that you’ve lost will be restored to the degree that you imagine in your mind, but I can promise that God never leaves His own unattended, when they choose His ways over their own personal thoughts and feelings.  Job had to let go of the painful words of his friends.  It is impossible to pray for those who wrong us and remain bitter at the same time.

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” – Jeremiah 29:11

If God’s plans are to prosper us, then we must ask, what is prosperity?  It would be a very sad day to die not learning from our past, worse yet, to be a victim to it.  It would be no less than tragic to be lowered into our earthly grave walled by bitterness.  For all the energy we use up hating one, that same energy could be used in accepting the love of many.

What prosperity is to me – Freedom To love and to be loved, and then love again.

As long as we live in this world, we will face those who fuel their lives by selfish motives and vengeance, but I choose my fuel to be forgiveness and love.


Uncompromisingly Walking With Him In 2012!

Still Keeping it real!

Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.


  1. Bill Butler said,

    01/16/2012 at 11:50

    Dear Shannan,

    Once again you have written from the heart. I love your choice of fuel.
    It matches the four words I choose to live by: BE LOVE TO OTHERS

    I view prosperity as the richness that can only come from God… as we experience His mercy poured out into our lives, His grace bestowed upon us, His tender, constant love for each of us.

    The other thought I have about prosperity is that one need not be wealthy to be generous.

    May God richly bless you today.

  2. Gloria said,

    01/17/2012 at 11:50

    Powerful and true to God’s Word!
    Thank you again, Shannan!

  3. DrT said,

    01/19/2012 at 11:50

    Hey, I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, please accept it–you rock! http://doctortisms.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/versatile-blogger/

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