Today, I was reminded about something my senior pastor said to us two years ago. Have you ever wondered why Jews around the world are the most accomplished and richest people on earth?

Jews are revolutionary scientists, inventors, medical doctors, writers, actors, artists, businessmen, sportsmen…

Albert Einstein was Jewish, Steven Spielberg is Jewish, Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish, Sigmund Freud (father of Psychology) was Jewish, Leonard Bernstein (one of the greatest music composers of all time) was Jewish, Harry Houdini (magician) was Jewish, Larry Page (Google founder) is Jewish, George Soros was Jewish, even a few of the neurosurgeons who saved my life were Jewish.. and the list goes on.

What makes Jewish people so successful?

It is their way of life.

Since the day they are born, Jewish people live with the notion that they are God’s chosen people, born for excellence. It’s an honor to be God’s people, so as an honor, they give their best to everything they do.

There is no notion of guilt and shame which would hold them back from striving for excellence. On the other hand, Christians believe we are sinners saved by grace, which may be true in many cases. This is meant to remind us to have gratitude for grace in our lives. But it becomes a problem, when people get stuck in the notion that they are condemned sinners, long after they are saved!

I personally know many Christians who live with so much guilt and shame in them, ever fearful of judgment, till they become stuck, ineffective and lost.

I mentioned Christians here only because this message was originally meant for a Christian congregation. In reality, we can find this problem prevalent in many cultures and religious groups. Let us stop allowing guilt and shame to limit us any longer. It’s an honor to be God’s people. As an act of honor, we should all give our best to everything we do.

Jewish people are wealthiest because wealth is a byproduct of excellence. Wealth is not their aim, but excellence is.

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Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

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