Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day”
Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
It’s not wealth that’s the problem. It’s the unrelenting focus on it. The unquenchable desire for more money, more things, more status, more power… more of everything.
Certainly, you can have wealth and goodness; you can have money and a generous spirit. But this path is difficult because the immediate gratification of everything that comes with wealth is just so tempting.
But you are not in this struggle alone. We are here to remind each other who we say we are.
This day, when you see goodness, affirm it. When you witness generosity, lift it up. Embrace kindness, notice compassion, support courage.
One of the greatest gifts we have is the ability to help each other create Spirit-filled lives. How can you do this today?
God, I want to be a person of faith. I place my hope in you, God.
Today, help me remember that I am creating a good foundation for the future when I affirm goodness and kindness in others.
Go and live fully and wholly in the places you are called this day.