10 August 2009

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into destruction and ruin. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

I think this is a struggle for most all of us---some of us to a greater extent, some to a lesser extent. We live in a society that values material things, good looks, and worldly success above all else. For those who don't measure up in one way or another (by the world's standards) it can be really difficult. The Bible, however, makes it clear that this is NOT God's standard for success. I am so glad that in Jesus I can be free of all these worldly desires if I choose to live my life through Him on a day to day basis. God provides all of our needs (but not always our GREEDS!!) and I truly believe our society as a whole would be much better, and healthier, if we started seeing people the way God does---as His precious creation---rather than judging them by our worldly standards.

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