My friend, may I ask you a question? Isn’t it incredible that the days dawn and the night falls on the rich and the poor? What matters is that we have a God who attends to us mercifully and richly whether that be in a limo or a coupe. In the end, what really makes us rich?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’ve always wanted to own a Mercedes. I guess it was the prestige of having one of the world’s finest motorcars in my garage. Years ago I had the opportunity to buy an old one in pretty good shape for a modest sum of money. My first ride in it was exciting as I drove down the highway feeling pretty proud. I put my arm out the open window and just cruised. The car has been gone now for a good many years and I now own a much more modest car. One thing that I’ve noticed though is this. When I put my arm out the window of my little coupe, it feels about the same as when I had it hanging out the Benz window. And, remarkably, the view is about the same too.
Here’s a story: Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat. “Why aren’t you out there fishing?” he asked. “Because I’ve caught enough fish for today,” said the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?” the rich man asked. “What would I do with them?” “You could earn more money,” came the impatient reply, “and buy a better boat so you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make more money. Soon you’d have a fleet of boats and be rich like me.” The fisherman asked, “Then what would I do?” “You could sit down and enjoy life,” said the industrialist. “What do you think I’m doing now?” the fisherman replied as he looked placidly out to sea. (Our Daily Bread, May 18, 1994.)
Whether I was motoring in that old Mercedes or simply driving my little coupe, the view is pretty much the same despite the luxuries that I was or was not surrounded by. As Christians we need to remember this as one of the most important lessons we can learn in life. Riches and fame don’t change the scenery. The days dawn and the night falls on the rich and the poor. Life begins and ends for each as well. What matters is that we have a God who attends to us mercifully and richly whether that be in a limo or a coupe. In the end, what makes us rich is our willingness to take in the scenery wherever and however God chooses to send it.
We pray. Loving God, please grant us the peace of mind and calmness for our troubled hearts when life’s business takes us away from the enduring knowledge of your grace and mercy. Give us the strength and clarity of mind to find our purpose in life and walk the path you've laid out for us. We trust your Love Father, and know that You will heal the stresses and obsessions in life that separate us from Your love. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night, so Your love rises on us and grants us the calm and surety that a life in Christ guarantees. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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