"Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle."
Every once in a while, a certain part of scripture stands out among the rest and plays in my head over and over again. Today, that scripture was from this morning's sermon at church -- Proverbs 23:4-5. I picture a person chasing after the riches of this world - fame, security, the finest of the fine - running, gaining ground, getting closer and closer until they are almost there.
Suddenly, it sprouts wings and takes off flying, like a flock of birds that can't be caught.
You see, worldly riches can't provide the security we seek. We are fed lie after lie about what it takes to be happy.
"The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety."
"First, help me never tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and said, 'Who is the Lord?' And If I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult your name."
I was reminded that our money belongs to God. And he allows us to be the caretakers of it. As caretakers, its our privilege to honor The Owner with it.
"If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord -- and he will repay you!"
My hope is that I will honor God with every aspect of my life. To align my life with His perfect plan for me. A plan to live life to the fullest - to be free from the chains of this world and serve him with reckless abandon!
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