Thursday January 11, 2007

Which one wins?

One says do this, the other says do that, and you don’t know which one to do. Do you listen to the one that holds your desires? Or the one that holds your feelings?

Do I live in the wealth that has been God given to me? Have a job, own a house, marry, raise a family, grow old?

Or do I leave it all to give myself to God?

One is the hilt of a sword, the other is the tip. With one I can cause change in the world, the other makes the change in the world. The hilt gives movement and power to the tip, but without the tip, a sword is useless. A tip by itself is nothing more than a sharp piece of metal that no one can use.

A kite and the string. Each one is useless by itself.

Is success in our culture equated with excess? Then to be set apart, must we equate success with dearth? Or is that still just being the same? Are we called to be the otherside of the coin as the world around us? Or maybe success shouldn’t be excess, it shouldn’t be dearth, but sufficiency?

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Deuteronomy 8:17-19
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. Romans 11:29
For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

6 thoughts on “Thursday January 11, 2007

  1. halomutiny

    Wow, that is some deep stuff!
    Have to let that set in a bit, hehe.

    Bora Bora is on our list of places to visit!
    Want to stay at a resort where they have these small cabins on poles, in the water, and some even have a glass floor!
    How cool s that?

    Thanks for visiting.

  2. mmmx3

    I believe it is not either or…it is both and. To say in your mind or heart that you do not give yourself fully to the Lord when you marry and have family is to limit this BIG God we serve and love. Perhaps it is death to be set apart in this world people walk aeound in everyday and live with them and be life and light to them…perhaps THAT is harder. Sometimes I look at my sweet husband and think if he had chosen that road of anti-norm it would have been easier more suitible to the hunger in his heart, but it is hard for me to picture this world and the THOUSANDS of lives he has impacted with the life he lives now unto the LORD. What would this world be like with out Katie…amy…ryan…
    I pray the Lord gives us the abilty to live NOW only and fully for Him. Andrew YOU ARE A HERO. Andrew YOU ARE HIS AND LIVE for HIM. Andrew, THE FATHER DELIGHTS IN YOU…just as you are. Be YOU. I love who you are.
    Col 3:23

  3. BlissfulDiscontent

    I used to think that to best serve God you had to be single, and I think that’s partly true because it is very easy to get distracted on worldly things and pleasing your spouse. Then God brought to my attention the verse “If two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.” So I live my life open to whatever God throws my way, marriage or singleness. I try to live day by day serving Him. If I find a guy who puts God above all else (including me) and God gives us the go ahead, then we’ll get married. “Seek first the Kingdom of God”, seek His plan for you.


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