Many people are missing a MASSIVE key when it comes to truly living an abundant life. A few months ago, I discovered the “Confronting Normal” podcast. If you’re a person of faith and you’re hungry for some challenge along your faith walk as well as to hear unique perspectives on various issues facing the world, you might want to check it out.
If you’re serious about living an abundant life, you must look outside yourself.
In other words, you can’t be self-centered and be living in abundance.
Sure, you might be financially independent and experiencing great health and doing fulfilling work every day. You may feel happy most of the time.
Notice the focus there. You, you, you.
But we’re not here just to love ourselves. Jesus told us, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Who is your neighbor? The person in need who is within your reach to help.
Real love reaches out. Real love sacrifices. And a wise person realizes that those sacrifices ultimately become a gift to oneself. Because in giving of oneself, one grows spiritually richer. And like the Grinch, the heart expands and can love even more.
If you live only for yourself, you live a lonely life. If you refuse to see the need around you, your heart stays small.
And no matter how good your life looks on the outside, you will be cheating yourself out of a truly abundant life. Because a major part of abundance is your internal condition, and it will stay shriveled up and cold as long as you isolate yourself from the people who need your time, talents, and treasure.