Either, or?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Think about it; In the end do we achieve anything through a status of wealth or a blessing of poverty? Instead do we achieve all great things through our service to the Lord by or despite our material blessings? Is it really either an "either-way" proposition?

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're blessed because although your camping equipment is damp and muddy, your grass back at home is green and growing. I suppose it's just my way of dealing with things that don't always go the way I plan them. But then, perhaps, it's more than that. Especially when you think of God's injunction that "all things work together for good!"

Here's a story: Several years ago I was involved in a serious auto accident. It happened on the freeway and there were three cars involved, including mine. Getting out of the car I surveyed the damage. The left, rear fender of my Corvair was dented and the light fixture broken and the rear bumper bent pretty badly. Since I was in the middle of the crash the front end of the Corvair was damaged as well with the left front fender crumpled pretty badly. Within seconds I began to worry about what might turn out to be 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. Why? As it turned out, 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. After the accident my car ended up looking better than it did before the crash.

Looking at things this way keeps your perspective positive. In the same way it's also a good idea to put our material lives into that same "either-way" perspective. Take the patriarch Abraham, for example. He was a very rich man. Because of his possessions he probably traveled with a large party, perhaps hundreds, 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 didn't serve his wealth. Rather, he used it generously and graciously.

It's 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 an opportunity to do His will despite your lack of materials things. In the end we achieve nothing through a status of wealth or poverty. Instead 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, there have been times in our lives when You blessed us with much; and there have been those times in life when You have blessed us with little. It is difficult when poverty replaces plenty Lord, and we chafe and despair over having less when more was far more comfortable. Forgive us Father when we don’t see the blessings in the misfortune that sometimes drops into our lives like unexpected rain. Help us to see the You have given us opportunity either way. 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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