Our Greatest Anxiety - More Is Not Better

October 19, 2014

"When you make a difference with what you already have it expands." - Lynne Twist

Today's Scripture: Luke 12:13-21

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Luke 12:13-14 (CEB) Someone from the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." Jesus said to him, "Man, who appointed me as judge or referee between you and your brother?"

    Reflection: Why do you think Jesus refused to be drawn into this family squabble? What does this sibling quarrel over possessions have to say to you about what is really important in life? What is the most valuable inheritance you could give your loved ones? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough
  2. Monday: Luke 12:15 (CEB) Then Jesus said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one's life isn't determined by one's possessions, even when someone is very wealthy."

    Reflection: Why do you think Jesus gave such a strong warning about the danger of greed? In what ways can greed endanger your well-being and the well-being of your loved ones? What are the marks of a well-lived life? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough
  3. Tuesday: Luke 12:16 (CEB) Then he told them a parable: "A certain rich man's land produced a bountiful crop.

    Reflection: How might you expand your understanding of what it truly means to be rich? What are the "riches" that make your life abundant and bountiful? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  4. Wednesday: Luke 12:17 (CEB) He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest!

    Reflection:Spend some time today looking through your closets and drawers. Do you have any empty closets or drawers in your home? Is there stuff in your drawers, your closets, and your life that you might empty? How might God direct you to use your surplus? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough
  5. Thursday: Luke 12:18-19 (CEB) Then he thought, Here's what I'll do. I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That's where I'll store all my grain and goods. I'll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.

    Reflection: Take a few moments to ponder these words in your heart: "I need more." How does that make you feel? Then take a few more moments to ponder these words: "I have enough." How does that make you feel? Which one offers you a pathway to a life of peace and joy, contentment and fulfillment? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  6. Friday: Luke 12:20 (CEB) But God said to him, 'Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?'

    Reflection: What "things" do you think God is talking about in this verse. If you knew that today was your last day on earth, name the three things that would be of greatest value to you? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  7. Saturday: Luke 12:21 (CEB) This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren't rich toward God."

    Reflection: How might you use the whole of your life's wealth -- your time and energy, your talent and creativity, and your financial resources -- in ways that would bring more value and meaning to your life, to the lives of others? Is this not what Jesus meant by saying, "Rich toward God"? Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough

 

Speaker: Dave Norman