Either way?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it a virtue to be wealthy or to be poor? “Either-way” we can and should be blessed. If God has given you wealth, and you use it wisely and are careful not to serve it, will He bless you? Will He also bless your poverty with opportunity to do His will despite your lack of materials things?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Life is full of “either ways”. You go on a vacation and pray that it doesn’t rain. It does! Either way you are blessed because although your camping equipment is damp and muddy, your grass back at home is green and growing. I sup- pose it is just my way of dealing with things that always don’t go the way I plan them. But then, perhaps, it is more than that. Especially when you think of God’s injunction that “all things work together for good!”

Several years ago I was involved in a serious auto accident. Getting out of the car I surveyed the damage and worried about the potential of a big repair bill. “Now what?” I thought to myself. “How did I get myself into this?” As it happens, the situation turned out to be an “either way” after all. Because I received insurance coverage to repair the dents, I was also able to do some touch-up painting that was badly needed any way.

Looking at things this way keeps your perspective positive. Similarly, it’s also a good idea to put our material lives into that same “either-way” perspective. Take Abraham, for example. He was a very rich man. Because of his possessions he probably traveled with a large party of servants and family. Did you ever wonder why God picked such a wealthy man to do His humble bidding? Here’s where the “either-way” concept comes in. God could have accomplished His plan through just about anyone. Nonetheless, He chose Abraham. God used him to do His will both despite and because of his wealth. His wealth gave him the ability to travel and establish himself in various places throughout Canaan. God also used him because he was a man who did not serve his wealth. Rather, he used it generously and graciously.

It is no virtue to be wealthy or to be poor. “Either-way” we can and should be blessed. If God has given you wealth, use it wisely and be careful not to serve it. And He will also bless your poverty with opportunity to do His will despite your lack of materials things. In the end we achieve nothing through a status of wealth or poverty. Rather we achieve all great things through our service to the Lord by or despite our material blessings. It’s an “either-way” proposition!

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord You may have given us wealth or you may have given us poverty. Neither is a reflection upon what You think of us or who we are. However, how we use our wealth or our poverty is a reflection on what we believe and how we intend to use it. Forgive us Father when we misuse our wealth or complain about the lack of it. Help us to take either situation that You give us in life and use it to further the Kingdom work and build righteousness in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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