Poverty is a State of Mind: Influence of Spiritual Poverty on Well-being
How it works
The word poverty evokes strong emotions and many questions. But I define poverty as a chronic, debilitating condition caused by multiple synergistic adverse risk factors affecting the mind, body, and spirit. But some describe it. Poverty is complicated. It’s not the same for everyone. For the purpose of my speech. I would like to share with you my experience where I can see the 7 types of poverty. Situational, generational, absolute, relative, urban, rural, and spiritual. But I would like to focus more on being mentally poor.
Spiritual poverty. The way I see it, being spiritually poor affects all kinds of poverty, like buildings collapsing into ruin.
The Pervasive Challenge of Poverty Throughout History
Throughout history, poverty has been one of the greatest and most pervasive challenges facing mankind. While the apparent toll is usually physical, the mental and emotional damage it inflicts can be even more debilitating. If you think about the term ‘mentally poor,’ our modern society underestimates and disregards poverty and misses much of the meaning it conveys. I thought it was. So I started thinking about the impact of poverty. Meaning not defined in a dictionary. Rather practical.
Visualizing Poverty Through an Ancient Arch
So what does poverty mean? I want you to imagine a stone arch, but most ancient arches weren’t paved with concrete like they are today, so they were probably near other stones to keep the peace. The foundation, or so-called Springer, complies with protection against natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. The side piece, or what we call the bustier, connects the jumper with what is called the keystone, which is placed in the top center of the area. Capstones play an important role in holding Earl together. Without the capstone, the whole of Earl perishes. As in our lives, if our hearts are poor and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are poor, our lives perish. Jumpers represent a temporary need and become useless once the Keystone is gone. The same applies to Boussoir. This is a good example and comparison. If neither of us can meet our spiritual needs, live in poverty, and prosper spiritually, we lose all the joyous blessings we could have had an increase.
A Call to Nourish Our Souls
Before I leave my talk, I invite you to nourish our souls by spending more time reading the scriptures, spending more time studying, and focusing more on the Savior throughout the day. Making these changes will have a big impact on your life. More peace and happiness.
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- Sachs, J. D. (2005). The End of Poverty. Penguin Books.