Lori - Author/Speaker

I can honestly say that no one has ever called me "normal"! That is just fine with me! God created me to stand out, be different, be weird, and not blend in with the world.

There are definately many personalities floating around in my mind. This makes for quite an interesting day with me! It is "Grand Central Station" up there! I have even 'named them'! (Don't send in the troops just yet)

The great thing about having such diversity is that there is never a dull moment with me! I always make sure that heading up this little party in my mind is the Lord God Himself!

God has shown me how to embrace the 'fun' inside me and use it to better His Kingdom! I have found that I don't have to be a 'stick in the mud' to be a Christian. I am a child of God! I am a Chrsitian! I am a follower of Christ! I AM HIS! Every day I am working toward becoming a better Disciple! I will NEVER be perfect - but I am SAVED; so that is all that matters!!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Money Money Money....

"Money is to root of all evil."  We have all heard this before. But is it true?
In my opinion, it is very much truth! I know that we, as a society, have come to depend on it. We have come to convince ourselves that we need money to survive. Now, don't get me wrong. We do need money to a certain degree. Pay the house bills, food, and clothing. But even all of that can become extra if taken too far. The problem is that so many people have crossed that line where a "desire" becomes and "need". When that line is crossed, money becomes something that we desire, not need. We may think that we just have to have something, when in acutality we don't need it at all. "Oh honey, we are always at the beach. You and the kids are there every day. Geting a boat would be a wonderful thing to do. It would be convenient as well. Just think of the quality time we could spend together on the boat." Sound familiar? Or how about this one... "Dear, I have had these clothes for years now. They are the same clothes I wore 3 years ago. I really need something different for a change." Oh, and my personal favorite, "I don't want our kids to be the only ones who don't have __________ (you fill in the blank)." All of these things that we have been told are good things to have are NOT necessities. General rule of thumb, if you can survive without it, you don't need it!
Would that survival be easy? No Way! You will be thought of as different, and in some cases laughed at. You won't be very popular I'm sure. And there will be some days when you find yourself wishing you could have those things. But, you will survive! You know the old saying, "You can't take it with you". Well, you can't. So why get it? Your time here on earth is so short that you don't need to waiste the time on things that don't matter. Well, they may matter to others here on earth, but they do not matter to the Lord. As I have stated before, it is much easier to please God than it is to please others. God doesn't care if you have name brand clothes. God doesn't care if you have a boat to go out on every weekend. God doesn't care if your child is popular or not. God wants YOU and ONLY YOU! Nothing else matters to Him.
Besides, think about it... You get a new boat, then pretty soon you'll need equipment for the boat. Oh, and Johnny has a really cool cover so you have to get one too. The list goes on and on and on. Once you cross that line, you are stuck! The wanting never ends! There will always be something else that someone else has that you "want'. What kind of lesson is that teaching your children? What are we teaching our youth of today when we tell them it's ok to go after your desires? What if their desires are sinful and wrong? What then? In all acutality folks - that money you so eagerly desire, it isn't yours to have in the first place. God gave you the talent for the job that you have. God allows you to wake each morning and work. God allows you to keep that job. That money is NOT yours it is GOD'S!

Don't cross the line! Don't get stuck in a world of desires! Stay on God's side. Get the rewards your Father in Heaven has waiting for you!


Janet Rose said...

There are several verses that I hold for times when satan throws the darts of inadequacy at me...
1 Peter 3:3-4
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
1 Samuel 16:7
"But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'"
2 Peter 1:3-4
"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."
I've lived on both sides of money...it doesn't fix problems, it only creates different ones. Makes some things easier and some things harder.

Lori said...

I agree with you totally Janet. I actually have 1 Peter 3: 3,4 on my mirror in my bathroom. A great reminder. (Good thing I am a 'plain Jane' - haha)
I wish we lived closer to study together. I would really enjoy that!