Breaking Bread for 6.25.20

Scripture

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1

Reflection

What do you value more in your life— material wealth and possessions, or spiritual wealth and eternal life with our heavenly Father?

Does it matter to you that people think you’re a jerk but hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches— and they want to get their hands on some? Or are you more moved by doing good and living well because you gave of yourself when you were least expected to do so?

How much of your time do you volunteer to help others who are least fortunate? I’m not talking about what you do for your job/career to help the underserved and underrepresented in poor communities, I’m talking about what do you do in your free time (and how much time are you freeing up) to go and serve others as God has commanded us?

Even if you are financially ‘poor’ are you also too spiritually bankrupt to help those who have it worse off than you? Can you not give 1 to 2 hours per week or month to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, educate the ignorant, enlighten those with blinders, or empower the powerless? It doesn’t have to be in a structured setting. You don’t need to advertise and promote it. You just have to do it.

The more you do, the more you give of your time and care, the wealthier you become. Wealth starts on the inside.

Yes, even a person who sees themselves as powerless can speak words or perform an act that inspires and empowers others. You can share your food and clothing. It can be something you don’t want or need, or something that you have in excess (now that you assess your circumstances). You can share your knowledge and skills, fix something broken, or solve a problem. None of those things require money, and all of those things will positively impact someone’s life.

Does that make sense?

In and through your little you can give what appears to you to be a little, but to them that receive, they see and feel a lot.

What you do to serve others as God’s servant is what marks you in history books, ours and most importantly, His. You can’t take your financial wealth with you, and it may not survive long after you’re gone, but your name and reputation will last lifetimes. That is true wealth.

Jesus ascended more than 2,000 years ago, Moses died more than 1,000 years before Jesus walked this planet— but look at the weight their legacies still carry in the minds and hearts of millions today. We speak of them as though we personally sat down and broke bread with them.

You shouldn’t think that what you do today won’t create a chain reaction of events, that will impact the distant future. Everything and everyone is related.

So consider these things as you look towards your final walk here: What will people say about you when you’re no longer here? What value will be placed upon your name? What will be etched into your grave’s headstone?

It’s not too late to realign, recommit, or reinforce your daily walk in honor of God.

Prayer

Father, it is more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity, and honor, and not disappoint You— than to accumulate money and power that can quickly dissolve, and leave me broke and alone.

Father, I want to make sure I leave this earth with my name in good standing, with the confidence that I did my best to serve the least of Your children, and that I gave my all in everything I did.

Father, I want to live my life as You so instruct and desire. I want to express the qualities that best reflect You and how You see me. When I stray from Your path, please redirect me, so that I can regain focus on Your mission and my purpose in life, and in Your kingdom. In Your name I praise and humbly pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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