Shades of Greed

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EL pen Logo with heartLuke 12:15

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Thanks so much for joining me today for more of our WOW for February. I’m so thankful that you choose to take a break and get away from it all. I pray that you are able to tie some knots in your red Strand of Faith and leave our time together encouraged in your relationship with a loving Father who pursues us relentlessly in order to refine us! Grab your coffee and your red Strand of Faith and let’s return to the Shades of Greed!

So let’s get back to this guy in the crowd telling, not asking, Jesus to tell his brother to divide the inheritance.

As I put myself in this scripture, especially with what is going on in my life, I can literally see me blurting out something that’s on my heart: “Teacher, tell my husband he can’t quit his job. Lead him to hang in there until You bring something else his way.”

I have tears running down my face as I typed those last words. See, that’s me right now, wondering why in the world I get to go through this new season with my husband being unemployed! Yup, he quit his job, and his last paycheck came with his last day, just a few days ago. That realization sinks in like a dead-weighted anchor going to the depths of the ocean floor … but the Author of my Hope lifts my countenance up, reminding me that my actual provider is not my husband, but Jehova Jireh, through George.  After all there are literally a hundred verses to remind you and me of this very truth! Psalm 54:4 tells me that God is my helper. Philippians 4:19 tells me that my God will meet all my needs according to His riches in Heaven. Hebrews 13:5 tells me to keep my life free from the love of money, to be content with what I have for He will never leave me or forsake me. I mean, these are some potent promises … if I believe!

I truly don’t consider myself a material girl. I do often joke around saying that I work as a court reporter one to two days a week because it’s expensive being me! Come on, you know what I’m talking about: the hair, the nails, a monthly or semi monthly pedi to keep the ingrown toenails away, a bi-monthly facial to appease my vanity and need to not look so haggard. That’s just maintenance; I’m not even talking about a new outfit every now and then, new gym clothes so I can feel better working out, and let’s not forget the necessity for larger jeans and smaller bras! Oh, gotta love menopause!

As I listened to our pastor talking about normal versus weird as it relates to our finances, I was affirmed by and agreed with him in every statement he poured out from his heart that day. Truths such as: Normal people believe life is measured by what they get; weird people measure life by what they give. Tweet This! Normal people use money to buy temporary things, things with external value while weird people use their money to gain life-changing experiences, things that are eternal in value. Normal people ignore God with their finances; weird people put God first in their finances.  (Ian DiOrio) Incidentally, when you take the “X” out of external, what do you have? Eternal! When shopping unnecessarily, ask yourself does this have eternal or external value! And please don’t think I’m saying not to shop; retail therapy can be okay and fun … once in a while!

Anyway, both my husband and I learned these principles a long time ago so as I sat and listened to this powerful message, I thought to myself, I get it but what I didn’t get was why the apparent test around the corner with my husband giving notice without another job to jump into? The hundred dollar question of the week: What are you trying to teach me in this, Father? I truly don’t measure my life by the possessions I/we have for they are only borrowed anyway! I don’t believe there is anything that I covet or have an attitude of greed about … or is there?

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion to this month’s WOW!

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