There is nothing more humiliating in life than to go along believing all your friends and associates feel a certain way about you and what you are doing only to find out that either they just felt sorry for you or were flat our lying in their apparent support. To avoid this, I have always been a believer in periodically saying or doing whatever is needed to separate one's real friends from acquaintances and true supporters from those who just say they are.
Many years ago I heard a man I dearly loved and trusted say that you never really got to someone's heart until you got to their wallet. This man was the Secretary/Treasurer of a large ministry. This statement was not spoken in malice or greed but rather the simple expression of the truth and reality of life and how it works.
Why is it that people are willing to spend the amounts of money they do on entertainment? Whether we are talking about a sporting event, a night at the theater or a vacation; the willingness on the part of people to hand over hundreds or thousands of dollars strictly to be entertained is staggering. On any given day or evening, millions of people flock to baseball, basketball, hockey or football stadiums and arenas to watch "their team" play a game. Many times the true cost of this event is $100 or more.
As I sit here pondering life and what it may hold in the days and weeks to come, I am amazed at how few people there are who are really willing to share or give for a truly good cause or person yet how many people daily flush tons of money down the toilet of personal greed, addiction or lust. While so many struggle to find the few dollars to help the poor, feed the hungry, minister to the lonely or provide services to bless others; most sit around for hours finding all sorts of good reasons why they can't help.
There is nothing that separates friends and even relatives faster than money. The second biggest reason marriages split up in over financial concerns. Business partners many times bitterly dissolve their endeavor due to disagreements over money. Isn't it amazing how something which is just supposed to be a medium of exchange has turned into the most important thing in life?
I Timothy 6 states the love of money is the root of all evil. When the line is crossed in a person's life from simply working to make enough money to support one's family and causes to actively trying to see how much money they can make to support one's greed, that person has come precariously close to the "love of money" line.
I have an uncle who was the only person in our extended family who had any money. He was a lawyer and made tons of it in his lifetime. He was also the most selfish man I ever knew. He was one of those guys who leaves a $1 tip at the restaurant even if the bill is $100. The only present I ever got from this man was a cheap toaster as a wedding gift.
What good does it do to have all sorts of money if one is not willing or able to share it? What good is it to have a nice house, a nice car (or three), nice clothes and the ability to go anywhere at any time to do anything one wants to do to satisfy one's desires if at the end of the line one finds out they didn't make the cut and aren't going to be in heaven for eternity? What good is it to have it all in this life if it is at the expense of spending eternity with Jesus?
People really need to get their priorities in order and realize that the more selfish they become with their finances the more miserable they get and the less they willingly share the less they really have. There is no greater joy in this life than the times we are able to honestly help another through freely sharing of what we have. Please, as the times in which we live grow darker and the financial side of life grows bleaker; don't allow the pressures or pleasures of life to deprive you of the joy of giving.
Our treasure is truly where are heart is at for our heart truly is where we keep that which is nearest and dearest to us. A lot of people will also "fling" money at things and yet their giving does not come from the heart either. May we always remember to ask God to continually rule and reign in our hearts and when He does so, it shows.
I am reminded often to sort priorities by where my time is placed. One can "spend" on a child or "give" to a church or organization, but when time is invested, when my time is invested, then you know the heart is there also. Your time here at CB is a blessing to many.
Thanks for the words.
i know i sound like a "broken record' but you know what? records are still around and now they are coming out with turntables again.( only you can "download your records on to your computer( my cd's might make good coasters lol.. anyway we all serve god by serving others with our time talents and finances, that is why i'm still apart of this great ministry.. be blessed
Brother Kirk, yes, we should continue to help and share with others even with the little that we have. In spite of tight economic situations, it is in giving and helping others as the Lord would , that we would also be blest. For whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed. :wink:
May the Lord grant us the child like faith of a child and continue to help and give as a child would, trusting completely in the unfailing and unending providence of his father. May we be likewise. [img]http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-088.gif[/img]
Thanks for sharing
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