Pastor's Corner

29 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

In Ecclesiastes 2, the wisest and richest man in the world, gives his readers a detailed list of all his accomplishments. From houses to land, to chariots to horses, we read of a list that would make the wealthiest of today’s world envious.  And what would he have to say at the conclusion of his labor?  

“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11

We all have dreamed of what it might be like to strike it rich.  To have all our financial needs met and our wildest fantasy fulfilled.  Would we finally be happy with our life, who we are, what we have become?  Not necessarily.  Research reported in the New York Times last week says probably not.  Human happiness and contentment researchers reported that they had found that as one’s prosperity increases it does not guarantee one’s happiness will increase, in fact, the opposite.  Even the success of others you are close to has a negative effect on personal joy.  When friends prosper, jealousy increases.  So what leads to being happy?  Relationships.  Real relationships with people and a sense of purpose.  Researchers discovered that those with a few close friends and a job with meaning were happier than the wealthiest in their study.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/opinion/happiness-inequality-prosperity-.html

The Bible has always taught this truth.  Wealth has its advantages if it is used in the context that God prescribes.  Throughout Scripture we see those with wealth finding great joy when they use their resources and influence to help others by making their life better.

 You might not be considered wealthy by the world’s standards but if you are mindful of those around you and look for ways to make their life better you are probably among the happiest in your circle.  Today, look for ways that God has blessed you so that you might be a blessing to others!   That’s where you will find true happiness.  

"But godliness with contentment is great gain." I Timothy 6:6 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

 

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