Worldly Gain

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 13

Gold Nugget
Verse 7: There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”

As we head out for work this morning, let us keep a good understanding of what we head out for. The old cliché, “Are you living to work or working to live?” would be a good reminder of our priorities. As I head out to my job today, I am going because it is what enables me to make the life for my family as best I can for this time. Because my kids need food, clothing and shelter, I use this job to meet those needs. The needs that they have require that I work and provide. However, there is a such thing as pursuing more than we need. As today's gold nugget says, There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”

As humans, we "need" certain things that would really exceed the real need category. My daughter needed money for an out of town game today. By definition this would not be considered a need. She doesn’t have to be in basketball. That is not a requirement for her education. However; I consider it a need. She needs certain things in her life that she enjoys. We don’t need flavor in our food, but God made apples sweet anyway, just to bless us. Adam didn’t need a woman to keep breathing and live, but God said, “It isn’t good that man should be alone.” So, He made Eve. I need to let my kids have certain things. I need to take my wife out to dinner and a movie sometimes… and sometimes I need to watch football! The point I’m trying to make is, how far are we going when we redefine what we want into what we need? I actually like my job - as far as jobs go, but I’m not going to let my wants push me further into using it for more than providing the needs and acceptable wants for my family. I not going to use it to try and stack money to the ceiling and attempt to impress the world.

Lord, I’m thankful for my job and hope I use it to meet the needs of my family in a way that would please you. I don’t want to use it to pursue worldly gain. Amen

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