Friday, March 18, 2011

In the midst of his pursuits

Awake in the middle of the night, I was recalling some Scripture. "But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away." James 1:9-11

Here is the line that is caught in my mind: "so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away." It reminds me of the common interview question, "What do you want to be doing when you die?" This guy’s answer is that he was trying to make more money.

Money does determine a lot of what we do; we need it to live. But it needs to be in its right place. We use it, it doesn't rule us.

What we want to be doing when we die (and live) is to glorify God. It's not some huge thing we aspire to; it starts in the next moment, right now. Don't get caught up in the religious words and concepts. It can be easy. Do the simple things that make God smile.

Philip

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