Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
Gracious Father, I begin today with a passion to live less of a driven life and more of a called life—a life marked by less fear and more freedom, less frenzy and more faith—a life lived at the pace of grace, not in the race get more, do more, be more.
It’s easy to see how driven-ness and busyness are rooted in fear and greed—the fear of not being enough and having enough; the fear of losing face and losing control; the fear of missing the mark and missing out. The elixir of man’s approval in a culture of competition is as destructive as it is deceitful.
By the gospel, change the price tags in our lives, Father. Show us the difference between greed and need, and the difference between trusting in our stuff and resting in Jesus. Forgive us for the ways we implicitly encourage burnout and perpetuate a culture of flameout—at work and at home.
Forgive us for ignoring the command to be still and know that you are God. Forgive us for not being content with what we have, and for not actively seeking to keep …
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
Lord Jesus, this is one early morning I’d don’t feel alone, at all. From where I’m seated, I can already see streams of cars heading for the stores and malls and it’s only 4 in the morning. They call it Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving—a day when your words about “running after all these things” really come to life.
People are already pushing against doors… running up isles… grabbing for stuff… racing to the shortest checkout line… like famished people who haven’t eaten in weeks, with manners that would usually embarrass most grandmothers, except today, because the grandmothers are right there with them.
Jesus, I’m not sitting here smugly judging anyone, for there’s no one, by nature, more greedy or grabby than me. I thank you I live in a time and place of abundance. I thank you I’ve never had to be concerned about what I’ll eat, drink or wear. I even thank you that many people will enjoy fine savings and get real bargains today.
But on this Black Friday I’m especially grateful for Good Friday, and what you accomplished on that everything-changing day. These two Fridays couldn’t …