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The Abundant Life


An intensely practical view of the way life ought to be.

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Abundant Life Coach

Steve Coerper

It has occurred to me that no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, there will be someone, somewhere who will criticize you or your accomplishments.  This even if the person criticizing has no stake in you or your efforts.

“What an ugly dress!”  But you don’t own the dress, have stock in the company that makes them, work in the store that sells them, or even know the person wearing it.  Still, the poisonous, critical attitude spews out.

It’s been said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it.  And I think the same principle holds true for a critical, judgmental attitude.  And I also think that this sort of attitude, which seems to spring so naturally from our human nature, is the fundamental reason why the abundant life seems so elusive.

Could it be that this gift called Life becomes burdensome, tedious, or worse because we are engaged in a process of self-poisoning?  This may seem like grist for a theological discussion, but the fact is that this hits us all where we live.  How we think becomes an intensely practical matter when we realize that our thoughts and attitudes shape our lives.  People with bitter or critical attitudes don’t engender trust, don’t earn customers’ goodwill, don’t get the good jobs or the pay raises.

In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne and her associates make a key point of the “attitude of gratitude,” though what she says is neither new nor secret.  St. Paul made the same point clearly and consistently 2000 years ago, enjoining his readers to be thankful in everything, and to think about and focus on those things that are pure, true, honest and virtuous.

What about you?  Does your life lack abundance?  If so, ask your coach to walk you through an attitude check.  Abundance is not a zero-sum game; there’s enough for everybody.  The Redeemer came that we all might have life, and have it more abundantly. 


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The author is a transition and self esteem coach living in Raleigh, North-Carolina.  If "The Abundant Life" makes sense to you and you would like more information, please contact us.

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