Scripture: Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.”
Mama hated snakes, and her garden hoe became a killer weapon when she spotted one. But soon, she recognized the difference between the poisonous Western rattlesnake and its nonvenomous impersonator, the bullsnake. An abundance of one species, our new neighbors said, would keep the other away. So we all learned to more or less tolerate the bullsnakes–except when they threatened her chickens.
One evening, she went to the hen house to gather eggs and found a large snake in two of the nests. It had eaten an egg in one cubicle and crawled through s knot hole to the next and eaten another. Wedged between the two eggs until they digested, it was trapped, a victim of its own greed!
A billionaire was asked, “How much money is enough?” His answer, “Just one dollar more.” The snake might have given the same reply, “Just one egg more.”
While I enjoy a comfortable home, a good meal, and a soft bed, I must not crave more. My friends and family are much more important. My possessions all came from God and belong to Him. I am but His steward, charged with following His directions for wise use of time, money, and talent.
Many people lost everything in the recent flooding during Hurricane Harvey. The outpouring of Christian love to help the victims is an unforgettable demonstration of God’s love in action. Those who have contributed in any way have been Christ’s hands and heart. May God smile upon them all with special favor.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, my life is more than my possessions. Help me to remember Your most precious gifts–Your presence and guidance each day. Amen.