Monthly Archives: October 2012

Healthy Eyes Needed

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This came in my inbox this morning from a daily devotional… So many people base their life based on what they can have in this world.  But in reality the things of this world will mean NOTHING that glorious day.  So if you are wasting time here during your time on the earth storing treasures that will only benefit you here and not storing any of your heavenly treasures, you might want to rethink your storing methods.  I want nothing more to be able to hear Jesus say to me “Well done thy good and faithful servant”.  I want him to see my sacrifice here on the earth for him to others through me.  I would so hate that the only words he had for me was something like why were you so foolish?  Did you not listen to me?  What good is that to you now?

Lord Jesus, save us from the sin of materialism and move us by your Spirit to be rich toward God and wealthy in compassion. Amen.

Matthew 6:22-23

New International Version (NIV)

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Luke 12:13-21

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

 

We need healthy eyes– that is, eyes that prompt us to be generous.  Unhealthy eyes denote stinginess and selfishness.  Proverbs 28:22  explains, ” A person with an evil (unhealthy) eye hastens after wealth and does not know poverty will come upon him” (literal translation).  And Proverbs 22:9 says , A person with a generous (healthy) eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor”

There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk

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I heard this about 7 years ago and it has stuck with me since.  If you think about it your not likely to step in an actual hole that many times.  When I read this I picture the hole as anger, addiction, choice of language or movies, lying, cheating, stealing, anything that holds us in bondage.  At some point you should see the hole and avoid it.  I personally had LOTS of holes in my lifetime and still have some but it is so much easier to see and avoid them.  Sometimes I am able to just put one foot in and catch myself before falling totally into it.  I hope this helps you think about your holes before you step into them.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

 

Chapter 1

 

 

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

 

 

Chapter 3

 

 

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

 

 

Chapter 4

 

 

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

 

 

Chapter 5

 

 

I walk down another street.

 

 


~ Portia Nelson ~

 

 

(There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk)