Touché July 14, 2017
Posted on July 14, 2017 by under Touché,

 

Your Money and Your Life

“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)

I didn’t get out of town fast enough.  Next week I will be in the Boundary Waters between Minnesota and Canada, but before I go I will be preaching about money.  People like to get out of town when the preacher is preaching about money, but this week I will be preaching to the preacher.  I love to think about money, it can consume my thoughts and I don’t like that. It reminds me of Dallas Willard’s quote: “The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow our minds to dwell on.”  I am challenged by Paul when he writes: “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”   I want to take captive my thoughts about money and make them obedient to Christ.

Proverbs helps us do that:

“Get wisdom it is worth more than money; chose insight over income every time.”

(Proverbs 16:16)

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”                                         (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life. (Proverbs 1:19)

Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.   (Proverbs 11:28)

What is your relationship to money?  If you want to think about it before Sunday you can work through this assessment from the book Your New Money Mindset.   You may fill it out on line at: https://service.thrivent.com/content/your-new-money-mindset/assessment/

It is good to think about these things and not be consumed by them.  I am glad I am not paddling yet.

In Wisdom,

Taylor