The Virtue of Hard Work

The Virtue of Hard Work

If you were with me on Sunday, you know that we talked about deciding to live richly, from Raymond Charles Barker’s book The Power of Decision.

To me this has less to do with a bank balance and more to do with an attitude—of prosperity. Remember Edwene Gaines’ definition of prosperity (from The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity): “A vitality alive physical body to provide a comfortable worldly home for the spiritual beings that we are; relationships that are satisfying, nurturing, honest and work all the time; work that we love so much that it’s not work, it’s play; and all the money we can spend.”
The truth is that all four really work together—financial abundance doesn’t do you any good if you are not healthy enough to spend it, or don’t have a purpose.

Many people have old inherited beliefs and ideas about money, maybe more than about any other area of our lives. If you, your parents or grandparents were around during the 1920’s and 1930’s, you might have those old fears surrounding lack and scarcity that you carry with you. One of those might be the old belief about the virtue of hard work.

The Mitchum deodorant people are conducting a contest, looking for the hardest working people in America. And while I honor and respect them, I choose to let it be easy. Have you ever been in a situation where you have been trying to get something to happen? Maybe your experience had been a series of challenges – maybe like a traffic jam of elephants waiting to be pushed up the hill?

I know that the Creative Process we call God (or Spirit or the Universe or our Higher Power) always says “yes” to us. So if we have a belief in hard work and the need to claw and scratch, Spirit says “yes” and we keep getting to “try.” If, instead, we allow whatever it is to unfold with ease and grace, that becomes our experience. (And if it seems that whatever it is is a struggle, maybe we are being told to take a different route.)

“No pain, no gain” might be the accepted adage at the gym, but it doesn’t have to be in our personal lives. Ease and grace feels so much better.

About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at
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