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What do Millionaires and Prayer Warriors Have in Common?

June 13, 2017 by  
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What do Millionaires and Prayer Warriors Share in Common?

Into the Deep (Week 4 of 4)

My father was then oldest son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college, but he made his first million by the time he was thirty. He also owned two homes by then. He retired at age forty-five.

I learned a lot from my dad growing up. One principle he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” (Webster’s defines it as “having an aggressive and determined spirt: feisty.”) This scrappiness has also translated well to developing a healthy prayer life. I am by no means perfect, but I have found that to the degree that I rely upon God and pursue this principle in my life, success follows. — Into the Deep, (Part 6, Paragraph 1)

There’s a reason there aren’t most people aren’t millionaires. There’s also a reason that so many people face challenges and give up again and again on their prayer life.

Most people aren’t scrappy.

But you are different. The fact that you are reading this post and maybe even reading along with us as we explore Into the Deep, tells me that your spiritual life is very important to you. Because, face it – you could be checking out the latest Pinterest fashions or watching one of the 900,000,000 YouTube videos available online.

Your are clearly resourceful – seeking resources to improve your prayer life and making that extra effort to unite yourself to God.

Dan Burke specifically addresses resourcefulness as a characteristic of scrappy people.

Scrappy people tend to share some other traits as well. In addition to being resourceful, they also tend to be “positive, trusting, resilient, consistent, humble, and they tend to look at the big picture”, seeing things long term, rather than expecting immediate results.

I find it interesting that what works for the mind and body, also works for the soul. Do you think that perhaps the God of the universe had some notion that the body and the soul were integrated and complementary? That when we live our lives according to God’s plan, we prosper – emotionally, financially, and in many other ways?

I don’t think it’s an accident that when we are disciplined with our finances, we tend to profit. When we live within our means, avoid debt and plan ahead, it is amazing what we can do. I heard a story on the radio a couple years ago about a man who lived his entire career as a janitor. I believe it said on the radio that his income peaked at $30k per year. Upon his death, friends learned that he had amassed an $8 million fortune, most of which he bequeathed to the local hospital and library. He spent his life living frugally, peacefully, and content with little in the realm of the material. He found pleasure in the simple and the beautiful – reading, listening to an archaic gramophone and visiting with friends.

Please do not think I am claiming that only the rich can become holy, or that only the holy become rich. And I’m not saying that everyone can become a millionaire. But there does seem to be a correlation between discipline of the body, mind and soul.

I would submit that discipline is another characteristic that “scrappy” people share in common.

Nowhere does discipline matter more than in our prayer lives.

Discipline is defined by focused consistency, devotion, and a no-fail attitude. As in – every time you fall, you get back up again and refuse to walk away. Another word for this – perseverance.

Never give up. No matter how your prayer life seems to be going; wake up and try again tomorrow. You may consider changing your approach; but don’t quit.

Do keep turning to resources that are meant to help you in your spiritual life. Re-read Into the Deep. Read other resources, like Interior Freedom; or the section of the Catechism on Prayer.

Whatever you do, keep reading Sacred Scripture and approach it in a spirit of prayer. Saint Jerome said,

“When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.”

Keep that conversation open through spiritual reading, and through discovery prayer.

Whatever you do, don’t lose your edge.

Stay scrappy.

You might help yourself in more ways than one.

 

NOTE: Join us next week as we begin The Lord, by Romano Guardini.

Reading Assignment:

No Assignment

Discussion Questions:

1. The same characteristics affect our souls and our bodies for good in countless ways; I used the examples of prayer and finances, based on the above passage above from Into the Deep. Can you think of other examples?

2. Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

 

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Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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  • Catherine Kibler

    I loved this book and will definitely read it again as I progress in the Discovery Prayer. Being self-disciplined and focused are characteristics to accomplish a sport, a new language, or hobby such as sewing. They are also good for one’s prayer life. Praying with the goal of only because God is good and deserving of praise and wants to hear our desires. A personal relationship with God just requires our presence. I need to work on my habit of prayer. Moral support for any goal is good. We can call on the Saints (St. Teresa of Avila, St. John Vianney, St. John XXIII, etc.)to help us persevere and progress in our union with God through Jesus Christ. Again, what a wonderful book.

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