The 8th Law of Personal Finance &  Building True Wealth 

By: Marlon J. Broussard  

After I wrote the article, The 7 Immutable Laws of Building “True” Wealth, I have often thought about whether or not I had truly embodied all of the “laws”, as it were, that one can implement and find himself or herself on a journey towards building lasting “true wealth”. It was then that I realized that a major component was left out. Also, after watching “The Secret”, a “new age” spin on the popular book “Think and Grow Rich”, I realized that it’s overly simplistic explanation of “The Law of Attraction” (if there is such a thing) was no more than positive thinking on steroids. And, when you mix that with a “genie in the heavens” view of God (or the “Universe” as they generically refer to the Creator(s) of all things), you have a trite theory that leaves out a major aspect to achieving any type of true success…

The Law of Sowing and Reaping
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” – Galatians 6:7 NAS Combine this with: “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind…” – Genesis 1:12 Even greater than “the secret”, this very simple and yet extremely profound principle is the very bedrock of every person, company, or nation that has ever experienced any type of “success” or achievement of what others might label as extraordinary. Let me paraphrase it this way: “Every specific action you take produces a very specific, predictable, and measurable result. Therefore you should neither blame anything else on the result, nor expect different results than your actions warrant; because, this is God’s purposeful design that must come to pass.” Here are a couple of other key texts that elaborate on this simple law, and my subsequent rephrasing: “…He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6 NAS Stated a little differently: 

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“If you put in limited effort, you should only expect the limited results you deserve, but, if your effort is at the absolute possible maximum you can do, then you have every right to expect the maximum result!” “There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven… A time to plant, and a time to uproot that which has been planted…” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NAS Combine this with: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” – Galatians 6:9 Let’s put this into modern terms: “If you are doing the right things… and putting forth the activity that will produce favorable results, - then, don’t be discouraged when the results that you know are coming don’t show up right away, and don’t quit doing what you are doing. Because… there is a specific time to put in the initial work and effort, and a specific time after that to realize the reward for your efforts. You can’t do one, while doing the other.” “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” – Matthew 13:3-8 (Mark 4:3-8, Luke 8:5-8) NAS Simply put: “Take a special notice to the fact that as you work hard and put forth your efforts, - the inevitable, natural challenges and difficulties of this life will come. But, the return on those same efforts far outweighs any challenge that you will face.” 

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