I’ve been thinking recently about the concept of abundance. We all know the word, and I think we all recognize the feeling of abundance of any good thing. Now the question comes: ‘what is the most valuable sort of abundance?’
If I have 3 bushels of apples, it certainly is an abundance of apples (!) – as compared to a single apple on the counter. But how much feeling of real richness or wealth does having those bushels give to my heart ? Perhaps real abundance of value, is that which is recognized in spiritual qualities. Doesn’t an abundance of joy fill our heart to overflowing in ways that multiple bushels of apples or fruit can’t begin to ?
In Proverbs 4: 23, we read, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Perhaps we need to gauge real abundance by the joy and love with which our hearts are filled. Simply keeping or holding onto all those bushels of apples really doesn’t pour love and joy into our hearts. But if we use those bushels of fruit for giving to hungry persons, – – – be alert to the peace and joy and richness felt within your heart resulting from that very activity of heart-impelled giving.
So simply having an abundance of apples — or any other good thing, doesn’t enrich our heart. Rather it is the very heart-impelled activity of generosity which brings richness and joy to us. Giving, kindness, and generosity on behalf of others certainly attest to their source as spiritual qualities. Giving which emanates of compassion is rich indeed!
So, for all of us, our acts of generosity, and living / giving of our understanding of spiritual qualities is certainly a sure way to ‘keep our heart with all diligence’, and enhance our own understanding of the richness of divine Life, which is Love.