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Covetousness can stifle your Creativity

Have you ever read the 2 commandments in the Bible about covetousness ? If you have not heard of it,here they are :-

“Thou shalt not covet Thy neighbor’s wife”

“Thou shalt not covet their neighbor’s goods”

I always wondered about why there were 2 separate laws about covetousness in the Bible and why the focus was on covetousness when there were already 2 commandments that refer to the end actions.(I am referring to the”Do not commit adultery” and “Do not steal” commandments).

I did some research to find out the significance and a few weeks ago,I read something that showed the wisdom of these commandments in an entirely different light.

This is what I discovered:

Covetousness destroys creativity or enterprise of any kind

Here’s why:

When you desire something of value you have to do something to earn it instead of just seeking to possess something which is dear to someone else.When you covet,2 things happen :–

1.You neglect your in-born talent to create.

2.You encourage a spirit of laziness to take over your life.

The above 2 characteristics forge a deadly combination and are responsible for all the crimes in the world.

So the minute you start comparing yourself with others and setting benchmarks based on their performances,you let down yourself since you don’t really explore the full extent of your creative potential.

The other commandments are in place to arrest your complete downfall when you cross the “covetousness” line.

So if you desire your neighbor’s watch and don’t stop thinking about it and then decide to take it,the “Don’t steal” commandment makes you think twice.

If you have any comments or thoughts,please do let me know.

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Are you following your Life’s Mandate?

One of the most profound verses in the Bible that has made a huge impact on me is

 “Go Forth and Multiply”. [Genesis chapter 9 verse 7]

This was God instructing Noah and his sons to go ahead and fill the world with their ‘seed’.When you look at the verse in the context of creation,you will see that it is our destiny to “go forth and multiply” .Not just by way of procreation but by creation itself.

CREATING something meaningful is the key to a lifetime of fulfillment.

One of the main reasons that people become dissatisfied with their lives is because they spend a huge amount of time studying to conform and function along expected lines to satisfy others.While the nature of some jobs might prevent you from creating something new daily,it is imperative to engage in some activity to unleash the creative potential inside you.

When you life is  a constant chain of activities that pleasure or relieve you of your stress,your life will go out of whack simply because you do not partake in “creation activities”.

Creation activities are singing,writing,playing music/games,gardening…anything that lets you express yourself by putting your personal signature to change the scheme of things.

If you are just following instructions and routine activities take up the bulk of your time,it is time to stop and introspect — do you want to be remembered for just adhering to rules? It is better to take that leap of faith to experiment by stepping out of your comfort zone than be bored and live under a false sense of security.

So are you ready to “Go Forth and Multiply”?



This Bible Verse Helps Get me Out of Bed!

Proverbs Chapter 24 

v33  lA little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

v34  and poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.

The first time I read this verse(shown above) in the Bible,it had a profound effect on me as it seemed to indicate that grabbing a few extra minutes of sleep would lead to poverty.I thought it sounded harsh but then I did a simple analysis and understood that it was related to procrastination of any kind–do you remember all those extra 5 min that eventually became a couple of hours lost procrastinating ?Well,several instances like that and you would have lost a few years of your life!!

So I use this verse as I kind of an internal alarm clock to force myself out of bed and to stop procrastination of any kind .Just think….sleep now and get attacked when you least expect it!!..I don’t have a snooze button to shut out this verse out of my mind and it helps to get started and get back on track everytime!!

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