Secrets are not secrets, they are common sense. Why they seem like secrets remains a mystery.
“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.11)Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12)The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.13)And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.14)And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.15)And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
What books come to mind when you think of your all-time favorites? Napoleon Hill published “Think and Grow Rich” in 1937, which is one of the most transformational books I’ve ever read (in 1985). Many people thought he was only talking about financial riches. He wasn’t.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21) “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.22) “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man!23)Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.24) “But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation.25) “Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. “Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.26) “Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.27) “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28)bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29)To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.30)Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.31)And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.“
The road is hard and the gate narrow. But you already know that. So then the next question is, “What do you do with that knowledge”?