I try hard to pick up on any clues that the Lord gives me through the week on what I should do my Sunday post about. Last night I had a dream about the buddy bench. This bench is where kids can go an sit if they are feeling lonely and need a buddy. If someone sees a person on the bench, then they are supposed to go and sit with them or invite them to go and play. I kept wondering how that was supposed to be my Sunday post topic, but since it was such a random dream, I figured that the Lord had to have made me dream that for a reason. So, I kept thinking about lonely people who might like an invitation to attend church, etc., but I was genuinely struggling. Then this morning, I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord was talking to me.
Yesterday, I wrote the following in my devotional journal.
“I have so much to be thankful for. Everything that has been given to me has been by the Grace of God. I have nothing and deserved nothing; it is all the Lord’s and is only on loan to me. I entered this world with nothing, and I will leave this world with nothing. Everything in-between is meant for my comfort and well being, and it is all provided by the Lord. He directs me and guides me in a way that will provide for others. I give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart. It is too hard for me to list all of the material items that I am thankful for, I couldn’t even if I tried. The ink pen that I am writing with was created so that I could use it to write in this journal. Someone invented this technology, and that person had no idea his invention would have a small effect on my life. Use me, Lord, to affect others.”
I am not eloquent in my writing, but I wanted to share that with you because of what my devotional was on this morning. I turned the page of my devotional to find that my scripture for today was:
1 Timothy 6:6-9
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
I could not believe my eyes. I couldn’t have told you the verse in the Bible that even talked about bringing nothing into the world, but all at once, it was in front of me.
The devotional only mentioned verses 6-9, but verse 10 is the verse that I was most familiar with.
1 Timothy 6:10
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
I admit to working and striving for more. I want better and better, and I work to try to and accomplish those goals. I have way more food than I can eat, and you already know how many clothes I own. But, I don’t consider myself rich. I think of movie stars, and names like Bill Gates when I think of being rich. I feel like I am blessed but not overly rich. However, if you are reading this on your computer or smartphone, then the chances are that you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world. If you have shelter, own a TV, and a car you qualify. According to the Global Rich List:
If you make $20,000/year, you are almost in the wealthiest 11%.
If you make $30,000/year, you are almost in the wealthiest 7%.
If you make $50,000/year, you are in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people.
See where you rank at http://www.globalrichlist.com/
We all tend to think of ourselves as compared to people who might have more. When a financial hardship happens, we believe how poor we are. It’s very easy to focus on what we don’t have instead of thinking about how faithfully God has provided for us. When we take a step back from our immediate circumstances and look at others in the world, we can quickly see that God has taken care of us, maybe more than we realize.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I guess the real question is, where do you store your riches? Is it in the worldly things that you own, or is it in the salvation that comes from Christ? I am content with my blessings, but I need to regularly remember that they are only mine because the Lord provided them for me.
Have A Blessed Day!