The love of money...
But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
The Money takes the life of the owner. Sad story. I am afraid we all tend to be greedy for gain. We just dream of being rich and we try to talk it down. Let us rethink this: Do we really want to be rich for a good reason?
In my opinion there is two ways of making money unimportant: You either have more than you can spend. Or you just don't care about what you wear, eat and what house you live in.
Paul tells us that he learned to practice the latter. What will we make of this?
(I didn't put a quote here yet, wanted to recommend this read anyway) Slandering Jesus is a perfect read about some common misconceptions about Jesus. Especially in the time we're in. Right after C.S.Lewis' Mere Christianity in my opinion.
There is more to do
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of the sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2 [NKJV]
Now this scripture tells us to meditate on Gods law day and night - Quite a radical advise. I think it would be a great thing to do, If Jesus had not come yet and there was no "great[er] commission". Now it is required of us to go out and also share what we have meditated on. To share the good news of salvation.
Wild at heart
They may be misplaced, forgotten, of misdirected, but in the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue.
John Eldredge's Wild at heart
A while ago a girl was chatting with me at a festival. She asked me to tell her about an adventure I had in my life. Well, I was shook as nothing came to my mind. Not that I could not thing of many amazing things that had happened to me, great things I had done, beautiful places I had been to. Yet there was nothing that my mind allowed me to call it an adventure.
It must be something more dangerous, something that could really kill me - this adventure. What do you think it could be for you?
It is hard because so many people cannot be brought to realise that when B is better than C, A may even be better than B.
C.S.Lewis - Mere Christianity
This book is amazing to me. I highly recommend to take some time, get a copy and just read this book. It is things every one of us could have thought - to some extend perhaps should have thought. Yet most of us haven't thought that way. C.S.Lewis was a great mind and whoever wants something to read besides his bible, might as well start with him.
The interesting thing about this quote is, how often indeed we cling to a pleasure and try to get back the thrill, we felt at first, when it is meant to bring us to other new pleasures when worked out in a right way. You will lose the thrill of a beautiful spot some time after you moved there, but you might experience a new pleasure there, like gardening, drawing closer with the people, fishing or whatever there is.
In what areas in your life might you have gone wrong in clinging to B, when there was an A to move on to?
Like father like son
And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like his father David; he did everithing as his father Joash had done.
2 Kings 14:3[NKJV]
We know that parents are the best rolemodels. Even though we tend to negate it, what our parents allready reached is most probable to be reached by us too. We are strongly influenced by our mom and dad, we are fast to apply their strenghts as well as their weaknesses to our own identity and character. What can we do to conserve all the good attributes, while throwing away every bad inheritance? Maybe like an apple you need to be carried out of the shadow of the branches of your parents to develop your full potential - to procreate properly.
To cool for life
And when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word that the Lord spoke to him.”
1 Kings 13:26 [ESV]
Short summary of the story for everyone: the man speaking here, heard of a prophet doing great things for God. He thinks I want to meet that guy and goes out to stop him on his way. The other prophet was told by God though, not to go to anyones house on the journey. Now the man speaking lies to the other prophet and makes him believe God had told him to invite him for a meal. The prophet on the journey believes it. But in the end God punishes him for believing the lie.
Now the other prophet hears of it and in my opinion his reaction seems very cool - in a bad way - he does absolotely not say anything about his responsibility in that matter.
Now I doubt that this even was a bad thing: Of course he had lied, of course he had decieved a person leading to the persons death. Yet on the other hand the prophet should have trusted what he himself had heard from God more than what someone else told him God had said.
We can learn a lot from this story: to believe for what God tells us personally to be true and to have a healthy perspective of responsibility for what we did, yet not for the wrongdoing of others. Read the rest of the chapter: what do you think. Did the surviving prophet act right in the end?
Motivation ist the particular balance of information and ignorance, that - combined with the current situation in mind of an individual - is followed by a certain action.
So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
2 Samuel 5:20 [NKJV]
With you on the bus
That's all I have! - That's all I want!
Unknown [see also John 21;15-19]
The Lord is asking if Peter loves him, yes, he loves him - but note that Peter uses a different word for love, after he had denied to know Jesus. Peter did not feel able to really love Jesus passionately - He still was his friend though. It's as if Jesus was asking:"will you send me a Taxi" but you, knowing you might not be able to afford a taxi, tell him you will come and go by bus together with Jesus. Peter is embarrassed as Jesus is asking him for his love three times while all he has is this love clouded with fear and shame. What are we doing with that? Will we give Jesus our Bus ticket, all we have? Will we trust him to support us so we will soon be able to afford the bus - aka love him with all passion?