August 21

TODAY IS…

the ideal day to make the most of what you have.

“So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”  Proverbs 1:19 KJV

One of the sad truths of life in this world today is that so much of what we learn from the time we are young comes from the wrong sources. Not only are the sources wrong, but the messages delivered, and then learned, are destructive to us as individuals and to our collective societies.

One of the most commonly delivered messages that we receive from the wrong sources – television, magazines, newspapers – is that greed is socially acceptable, and the results of greed are to be coveted by all.

We seem to not be able to get enough of those who have unbelievable wealth and squander much of it on ostentatious homes, cars, jewelry, yachts, jets and anything else that most of us will never have and none of us truly needs.

What family of three requires 50,000 square feet of living space? What person requires an automobile that costs more than most people will earn in a lifetime?

Of course, it can be argued that it is their money to do with as they please, but somehow, in the minds of some, it is a sign of compassion to spend $25 million dollars for one of several homes in different parts of the world and then let it be known that this same individual wrote a check for $100,000 to some disaster relief fund.

The reality is that it is a decidedly empty gesture that only shows the depths of greed that we are capable of.

The examples we see – that we consume with an almost masochistic fervor – only fuel our own desires to “have more.” We can see on a daily basis the many ways people are willing to compromise their own souls to obtain it.

“They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.” (2 Peter 2:14 NLT).

Though many of us don’t realize it, most of us are richer than we think. We simply do not take the time to look around at our spouses, our children, our friends, and our lives. We always think someone has more, or better, and is happier because of it. The truth is, happy, healthy relationships with those individuals provides us with indescribable wealth.

Opening the Bible and exploring its pages helps us to appreciate those relationships and add even more value to them, and the wisdom we find there also makes us wealthy beyond compare. Sharing the wealth we discover with others makes us generous in God’s eyes.

Make the most of what you have and you will find that you have more than enough.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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