Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Accomplishments that really matter

Again, I have found that the time I spend waiting in the pick up line to get Cassie from school in the afternoons is the perfect time to get in some Bible reading. Today, I read and reflected on the following verses:

Psalm 28:8-9 (English Standard Version)
8The LORD is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

What could we accomplish if we simply remembered that "the Lord is the strength of his people"? What could the Church do? Or faithful families? What would the world look like if the followers of Christ tapped into the strength of the Lord?

1 Timothy 6:17-29 (English Standard Version)
17As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Wise words to the rich. Truly, we, as Americans, should evaluate how we view "rich " and "poor". We are all so rich in this county and yet we don't view ourselves that way. We complain about how the economic crisis is putting a cramp in our lifestyle and millions in the world are starving. We get upset about gas prices and how the stock market affects our retirement funds and there are 143 million orphans around the globe waiting on forever families.

From these verses in 1 Tim., we are commanded, as the "rich", to do good, be generous, and be ready to share. How could we affect change in the world if we simply followed the commands of God as set forth in the bible?

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