“Live right, and you will eat from the life-giving tree. And if you act wisely, others will follow.” (Proverbs 11: 30, Contemporary English Version)
Living rightly is riches. It feeds and sustains us and causes us to grow in understanding and in grace. This “right living” is not moral uptightness or a sober and joyless experience. Right living is living in relation to the divine. It is being so connected to God and His goodness, His very design for our being, that we can’t fail to act in love, with good intentions, and to flourish in doing so.
Actions that proceed from a sincere, gracious, and grateful heart, give us not only sustenance and strength, but also a spring in our step, a happiness that isn’t simply pleasure, but is truly contentment within. When we consciously recognize the truth of our being—at one with God and expressing His qualities—we walk naturally and easily forward. We progress.
And we become leaders not by force or appointment, but because others are drawn to what we do and who we are. They recognize and respond to the wisdom that we have gained and that we practice. They are also attracted to our joy—our true satisfaction in being and doing good just because it is who we want to be and who we are.
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