All Or Nothing

Blog 2322 – 03.03.2022

All Or Nothing

Some years ago the first part of what would become my daily mantra came to me. It went something like this:

“I am so glad and grateful that everything thing that I could ever want or need is already mine and coming to me at just the right time and in just the right way from my loving and infinite source.”

There is a lot to unpack in those forty choice words. First of all being “glad and grateful,” I sincerely believe that there is no safer, sounder, or more sensible way to negotiate this space and time continuum than with an attitude of gratitude that always bends toward gladness. Further that the way to get and stay glad and grateful is to constantly remind ourselves that we already possess everything thing that we could ever want or need and that it will present itself at just the right time and in just the right way from (you guessed it) our loving and infinite source.

Who is the Lord of glory? Why, none other than our highest and best self. How else could she/he know exactly what we want and need and when to provide it from the infinite storehouse that is the Universe?

I am reminded of the preacher, who never had Bible College nor Seminary training, who described the three point sermons that he liked to preach: “First I tells them what I’m gonna tell them. Then I tells them what I tell them. Then I tells them what I told them. The Bible College I attended in my misspent youth did teach a three point sermon outline that was remarkably like what that preacher had intuited.

I have been told that no one likes to be preached at. I think the truth is that no one likes to be judged or condemned. I am doing neither just trying to offer encouraging words. Today those words are “all or nothing” by which I mean we either believe all that comes to us is from our loving and infinite source for our good or nothing is. We cannot pick and choose, but we often try to, wrongly thinking that our lowest and less best self knows best.

The Bible College sermon outline suggested ending with a poem. I close with a verse from a song:

God’s way is best, if human wisdom

A fairer way may seem to show

‘Tis only that our earth dimmed vision

The truth can never clearly know.

God’s way is best I will not murmur

Although the end I may not see

Where e’r he (she) leads I’ll meekly follow

God’s way is best, is best for me.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


For a guy long ago soured on organized religions, I sure seem to find lots of good material and even encouraging words there. But then that often happens when we try to stay glad and grateful for all that comes to us.

What A Wonderful World

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