Law Of Attraction In Harmony With the Bible On Money
The concept for this painting arose out of a need to teach myself a correct and beneficial feeling to have toward money. I needed to realize that I can feel good about money and that it does have a proper place in my life. In this painting there is the “big rocks in the jar first” illustration, but instead of rocks there are extremely valuable gems – diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. – and instead of sand that fills the void between the 'rocks', there is gold dust. The extremely valuable gems represent the two greatest commandments that Jesus pointed to. The first being, “You must love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Maintaining these three relationships, love for God, love for others, and love for self are represented in this painting as a jar full of very large, extremely valuable gems. The gold dust represents material wealth; more specifically, money. There IS a proper place for money in our lives. There is even a proper degree of love that can be felt toward money as long as that love does not compete with our love for God, our love for others, and our love for ourselves. The gems that are depicted in this painting are so large that they would be priceless. They would be held in a museum under heavy guard and an elaborate security system. Although it would be of considerable value, the amount of gold dust that could fit in the jar would never approach the value of these gems.
In the painting I have placed my “jar” on top of my Bible to signify that the foundational values of my life are from the Bible. Only after I started working on the painting – and really thought about it – did I realize that it could be a beneficial tool for others, as well as for me. This is the first of a series of works on this theme. For those who do not share with me in my appreciation of the Bible, the series will include images that make no reference to it.
I want to make it clear that I do not believe that following a “Godly path” is the way to wealth. The statement of this painting has always been about having a more balanced and welcoming view of money: that an avid student of the Bible CAN have a positive feeling toward money; and that it has a proper place in his life. I am convinced that by developing a balanced view of the role of money in our lives we will discover unexpected harmony … internally … externally … eternally.
I have a lot more to share with you on the meaning of this painting. I will soon be creating a video for YouTube so that I can go into greater details. :-)