2017 December Lifestyle Money Talk

We Reap What We Sow

“Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
– Gal. 6:7

Welcome back! Last time, we paused on the idea that our thoughts and feelings about money matter. Here’s why. Because these very thoughts and feelings are powerful. In fact, our circumstances are merely products of these very same thoughts and feelings. In this issue, we will talk about the very first principle in wealth accumulation, and that is, we reap what we sow.

What does money mean to you? Do you think it’s evil? Do you think it’s good? Do you think it’s worth having? What do you feel about it? Do you feel bad, annoyed, sad, depressed? Or do you feel good, happy, excited? Take a moment to be aware of your thoughts and feelings about money. Whatever your thoughts and feelings about it maybe aren’t really yours. Perhaps they were ingrained in your subconscious while you were growing up. Perhaps, you had heard it from someone whom you had regarded as having authority over you and you believed. Whatever that which you’ve come to believe has a tremendous impact on your financial status now. And how so, you may ask?

Because it is so. For that is the first principle of the Universe. “We reap what we sow.” Merriam Webster defines “principle” as: 1) “a moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your actions. 2) a basic truth or theory 3) an idea that forms the basis of something. 4) a law or fact of nature that explains how something works or why something happens.”

In this context, we reap what we sow is understood as a “law or fact of nature that explains how something works or why something happens.” As such, it needs no explanation. It is self-evident. Those of you who grew up in a farm would have no difficulty perceiving this fact. A farmer who set out to sow seeds of rice would eventually reap rice, or would reap corn if he would have sown seeds of corn. Very true and very simple.

Now, this same principle is also true not only physically but also more basically and more importantly, on the level of the subconscious. “You are what your thoughts are,” said the Teacher. So, if we constantly say, “We are broke,” we are indeed broke or we will become broke. Thoughts and words like “I am poor”, “I can’t afford that”, “life is hard”, “money is hard to come by”, “I don’t deserve that,”etc. should be avoided by anyone who wants to break free from a life of poverty. Surely, you won’t hear a rich man say “I’m broke.”

This is how we build our financial life on a solid foundation. On this fact. On this physical world, we start sowing seeds of abundance. On our jobs if we have one, we should work well, we should plant seeds of greatness there, so we can reap seeds of abundance and greatness. And on our minds, everyday, we should sow the same seeds of abundance, of hope, of joy, of good health and of wealth, so we will be reaping abundance, hope, joy, good health and wealth.

Go and do it. And if you don’t succeed, go back to principle number One! Sow what you want to reap. On the next issue, we will talk about another principle of money. Thank you for reading. Till then.

Peter Nunez
"Fray Peter" heeded the call to the priesthood right after high school. Upon completion of his temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), he realized he had a different calling and so he ventured out into the world. At first, he made a lot of mistakes from which he learned. In 1992, he joined his wife Alicia in the U.S. They were blessed with two fine sons, Stephen and Michael and “adopted” two wonderful daughters Pau and Joni. From them, he has 4 grandchildren. He started his professional life in the U.S. as a part-time teller and after 6 years was promoted to Branch Manager of the Bank of New York in their two branches in New Jersey. He also joined the North Fork Bank as Branch Manager with the title of Assistant Vice-President. He was a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) which authorized him to sell various investment products. As a side hustle, Peter is working on his photography skills and has co-founded "The Traveling Chefs." Peter enjoys reading, writing, cooking, travel, golf, photography and triathlon.

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