Have you ever had seasons in your life where you feel very overwhelmed? Sometimes we go through times where it seems like everything is broken & sometimes we go through seasons that just have lots of demands. Last week, I had one of those weeks – it was the kids last week of school, I had a couple of sermons to prepare, some work deadlines and a few other spinning plates. I felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant on full open
Thankfully, this week has a little more breathing room. Regardless of the demands & pressures on our lives, it always helps me to remember that God is in charge & that I don’t have to be an “expert” on water pressure, time management, resource allocation, solution provision, energy distribution, etc. While I may have a few talents & skills, God is an expert at everything – most of all, God is an expert at loving us & helping us in our daily living, with or without fire hydrants ,)
Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21, “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. NASU
This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today. Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver? There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense. And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”? How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”? I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”.
If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God? Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉
This is a crazy time for investments, of particular interest is the stock market over the last 6-9 months! Yowzer!! The stock market can be very unsettling if you’ve invested in it over the years & were relying on it to provide finances for you now! OUCH!
Investment is deciding to not consume something now but rather to set it aside, so that it will be available to be useful in the future (hopefully, to have grown). Investment kind of flies in the thinking of modern conventional thinking – to our own demise. From a macro-scopic viewpoint, I think that we rarely consider investments from an eternal point of view, even though Jesus encouraged us to do this in Matt 6:1-21. In these verses, Jesus basically identifies 3 resources all of us have at least a little bit of – money, relationships & appetites / desires (energy). Some personal questions He asks us to consider:
what are we doing with these resources?
have we considered these resources from the viewpoint of eternity?
will we have any resources / investments set aside & ready for us when we cross over into eternity?
In Matt 6:21, Jesus says that where our treasure is, you’ll find our heart there. Something interesting to consider in connection with not only our finances, but our relationship w God & our appetites & energy.
Can you pls leave a comment w some ideas on how you can use your money, relationship w God & energy (appetites) for investments in eternity?