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The Opulence of Giving

February 24

  "By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life."  Proverbs 22:4






"... the unspoken epithets which expose the: squalor, shame, and death"







The Bible is packed with the unconventional, and perhaps none more so, than here.  Health, wealth, and fame are at the epicenter of the human psyche.  Even Christians esteem these three high if garnered by GOD'S blessing.  "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and HE addeth no sorrow with it."

The common paradigm is to pursue riches, assuming that they will spawn the other two.  Truth is however, that real "riches, and honour, and life" are inseparable, and if indeed one has them, they make up the triune blessing of GOD.  "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."  Innumerable though are the unspoken epithets which expose the: squalor, shame, and death of those who would divide and conquer these on their own.  The sin of course, is not in having money, but in money having us ... and the manner in which we aspire; for the very aspirations themselves betray what has who.  "... if riches increase, set not your heart upon them."  The world teaches us to assert ourselves and climb the ladder ... GOD teaches us to humble ourselves and bow the knee.  Both promise the aspired end, but the outcome could not be more diametric.  The former comes packaged in stress, pride, tumult, envy, sickness, ad infinitum, ad nauseam; the latter arrives gift-wrapped of GOD.

 "... who will commit to your trust the true riches?"  Our LORD'S question implies that there are false riches, does it not?  Real wealth is found in the dividend of investing in others.  And after all, dollar bills would become an unsightly litter on streets of gold we'll one day walk, would they not?

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." 

For Love of Country
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
(General in war of 1812; nicknamed: "Old Hickory"; 7th U. S. President)
"It appears that the unerring hand of Providence shielded my men from the shower of balls, bombs, and rockets, when every ball and bomb from our guns carried with them a mission of death."

(reflections after his victory in the battle of New Orleans)

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