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by Randy Becton
I always feel that theres more out there than what Im getting, Ron told me. Hes half-owner of a contracting and building supply business. He goes on, my marriage is good and that sustains me through hard times. But isnt there more to life than this?
Not long ago, I had the privilege of eating with a millionaire and his wife. They were down-to-earth people very intelligent, hardworking, yet also generous, kind and focused on helping others.
Donnie said to me, Randy, God did all this. We view it as a sacred stewardship to use this along the way as we live our life. We told our children that weve set something aside for each of them for their families, but the bulk of our resources are going to help people now. We pray it honors our Lord Jesus who laid down his life for others.
It is clear that Jesus is their inspiration. We cant do anything perfectly like he did. Remember the song we sing: He came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross our debt to pay, from the cross to the grave from the grave to the sky, Lord we lift your name on high. Its good to know that in giving our lives we become more like Jesus.
When Ron told me he wanted more in his life, I thought of Donnie for whom everyday life is very exciting. I know how easily we discount Donnies wonderful priorities, with thoughts like well, of course Id be generous too, if I was that rich.
Maybe so. But maybe youd be dissatisfied with that kind of life also. A generous spirit begins in the heart, not in the bank.
The Bible give several examples of rich people being called by God. Abraham answered with a powerful yes and left everything to follow God into a totally different land. The rich young ruler went away sorrowful: he said no to Jesus because he could not turn away from his wealth and accept Jesus call to discipleship.
How about you? Not wealthy therefore not guilty. Is that how you think?
The spread of loneliness can be traced to these primary factors:
So where do we go from here? We go to God, who always receives us openly, warmly, and with a fathers touch. Our Father in heaven loves us with an everlasting love, and his wisdom is our hope.
He said For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
True zest for life is not about things that happened in the past. Zest is the energy, joy, and focus God gives us to stand before him, kneel to pray to him, and bend to do the work he sets before us. We live in his strength, for his presence is with us. Do what he has said.
Are you presently experiencing a new life? Gods word says, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! This new life is a free gift of God through faith Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this life that only Jesus can give you, sign up for one of our Bible courses. Wherever you are in life, whatever youve done, you can begin again. You may also contact Randy Becton at email@example.com if you have questions about becoming a new creation.
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