Friday, January 16, 2009

Wealth

One of the things my wife and I have been putting effort into over the past year or so has been to be good stewards of our money. We have done this in order be able to purchase our first house, which we did in November. We made changes in order to help support some friends that are missionaries in Uganda. We also did this so that one day we might actually be able to retire, and with the current state of our country's economy, it looks like we were doing this just in time.

The temptation is there to do this in order to make ourselves more comfortable financially, or to be able to buy bigger toys in the future, but I have to tell myself that I do not do this for myself. I recently came across some good verses about wealth and riches that reinforced what I already know. Hopefully it will only focus me more as I grow to know God more every day.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
~ 1 Timothy 6:17-19
This tells me that the things I have are fleeting, and even making wise financial decisions does not mean that all I have cannot go away. Anything can happen to take away everything, such as illness, accident, or theft. Even more convicting to me than this is that it says I am to share what I have with others. I can save money so that I may retire someday, but these verses tell me that I have a responsibility to share with others no matter what I have, but especially if I am rich.
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
~ Ephesians 4:28
The work that I am commanded to do, and do well, not stealing from my employer, is done so that I may have more than enough for myself in order to share with others who do not have enough. Riches are not for myself to make my life easier or more comfortable, and even in churches our culture tells us the exact opposite. We assume that if we are unable to pay our bills that the problem is that we do not have enough money. God gives us all we need, the only decision is what we do with it.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
~ 2 Peter 1:3-4
I sometimes wonder if I don't read scripture as much as I should because I am lazy or because scripture is too convicting. The question is: can't it be both?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Facebook Sacrifice

Burger King came up with a promotion that if you install their Facebook app and delete ten of your friends, you will receive a coupon for a free Whopper. We all have those people with whom you were acquaintances with in high school that now comment daily on your Facebook wall, this is your chance to remove them with the excuse of "Hey, I need to save all the money I can."

Whopper Sacrifice

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Curriculum Graphic - Lost

This is a first draft version of another curriculum image I am making for my brother. The city in the image is Portland. I have a couple others in the works as well.