The odd thing is that I had been looking to purchase a new lap top (I really really really want a MacBook Pro), but for some reason I just never bought one. something kept telling me to be patient. For the things that I do with music and videos, I need a Mac, but it's not something that I will die without if I don't get one tomorrow. Every time that I would go online to look at them, and even when I went to the Apple store with the hopes and aspirations of getting one, I was always "told" to wait by my gut.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you had that funny feeling... or a voice in your head that directed you towards a particular path? More times than not, our inner compass (the voice of God, conscious, or spirit) guides us or gives us direction without us even acknowledging it. To take it a step further, that small voice gives instructions on how we are to help our brothers and sisters as well. I can't tell you home many times I've given away valuable possessions just because "that voice" told me to. I stopped counting the number of times that I've called friends just to check up on them because "that voice" said that I should. If we learn to get in tune with "that voice," we can help ourselves and our fellow man (or woman) achieve great things in life. It is up to you to work on listening and responding. Take a look at this short video I did for another pastor here in Illinois. I think it will get the wheels turning.
So the story continues... Later on that year I am visiting friends in AZ. Actually, one of my best friends in the world. At any rate, a group of us were sitting around talking. One of my friends in the group is a film production guru. I've seen some of her student projects that are better than some things produced my major motion picture studios. I just so happened to bring up that I wanted to make the switch from PC to Mac. She says "I have an old MacBook Pro under my bed at home you can have." I inquired how muc she wanted for it, and she gave it to me with no charge. I had to get the screen on it fixed, but it was waaayyyy less than purchasing a new Macbook Pro. A week later, my dreams became reality and I had my new machine! I think, better yet I know this happened for a few reasons.
#1... When a person does good deeds, they are rewarded by good deeds. This is where the boomerang of karma comes into play. I try my best to be kind. I give because I have, and I have because I give. It is a cycle that just won;t break.
#2... I knew what I wanted, and I focused my thoughts on what I wanted often. What you think about, you bring about. When your mind dwells on a particular thing, you are actually calling that thing into existence. Good or bad, your mind will harvest what you plant. It will become a reality the more you dwell on it.
#3... I had a firm belief that I deserve what I want out of life, and I am always looking for opportunities to come my way. So many people have desires, but they don't believe that they deserve what they want. I KNOW i deserve what I want from life, and I am constantly putting myself in places where I can get what I want. A person has to be willing to take the risks, open their mouths, go out on a limb if need be... whatever it takes. The only thing worse than failing is not trying at all. How can a person catch a fish if they never cast a line in the water?
So remember, listen to that inner voice, and always do good deeds when you can. In return, you will have a joyous life filled with moments of gratitude and rewards from your good deeds.