Our new minister (well, new to US) Andy Stanley spoke this weekend on stress. He challenged us to read this passage below every day at least 5 times this week. I’m going to do one better…I’m going to BLOG it!! I think that this passage can be exceptionally peaceful if you read it slowly and with an open mind. I think you will enjoy it, (or I HOPE!).
“No one can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
Or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow to reap or store away in the barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow? The do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of those.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?”
For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I find this to be very inspirational and it really puts life in perspective. I’m not perfect and I still get the desire to shop and I sometimes fantasize about having lots of money. I struggle with it, too. But to me, life really doesn’t look that bad, even when you have to live without some of the things (aka luxuries) that you THINK you need, but…I know I DON’T need them at all. So, when the economy falls apart, you’re jobless, an investment doesn’t play out as fast as you would like, you hop states with 2 weeks notice… I’m just thankful that I’ve got God on my side through it all, because everything works itself out.
Our previous minister, John Weiss (which we still LOVE and podcast every so often) recently spoke of all of the new developments going on with Southland Christian Church in Lexington. I moves me, the power of all those faithful followers facilitating miracles in that church and into our community. John had preached before about when he was in seminary and his mentor told him to sell everything he owned and give all the money away. And then, later in life, he told him to do it again. John announced this past week that in order to accomplish the goals of the ministry of this church, we needed more financing, 3 million to be exact (it’s a big church). He had committed to donating all of his life savings and 2 paychecks to the cause. And he has a wife and 2 young children. His devotion to his faith puts me in awe.
Could I do it? I mean, am I really that disconnected from all the “stuff” to be able to give it all over, donate it? Start all over again? No, I’m not there yet. But I want my generosity to grow, and for me to do that means I’ve got to worship money a little less every day. I WANT to get there.
Could YOU do it? (just something to think about)