Measuring the Cost…
It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy. ~George Lorimer~
Certainly, we all desire to have at least some measure of comfort and enjoyment resulting from the work of our hands. But don’t allow yourself to become so consumed with material success and achievement, that you lose sight of life’s true riches. Take time to fully consider the things which bring real meaning to your life, and you will find that they are never those which can be bought.
Thought for the day
Do you think it is by accident that Jesus spoke more on the subject of money than any other? More even than lust! Over history the accumulation of wealth has proven itself to be man’s favorite path to an eternity in hell!
It is not the amount of money we acquire that is the issue, it is the priority we attach to it and what we do with it that matters to God.
Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences], For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold. Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast. ~Proverbs 3:13-18 (Amp)~
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. ~Proverbs 22:1,2 (NASB)~
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
~1 Timothy 6:6-11,17 (NKJV)~
Heavenly Father, true guardian of all riches, I come to you today with a pretty good understanding of your writings on money and its dangers. Grant me the wisdom to always seek a balance between personal wealth and spiritual riches and allow me never to place temporal wealth over eternal spiritual riches.
Help me always to keep the right perspective on the value of personal wealth so that as I grow in age and experience I might always have the wisdom to use moneys to not only help my family and friends but those who are less fortunate regardless of their race, nationality or religion. This I ask in the name of the one true god, your son, my Lord Jesus. Amen.