I Timothy 6:10-12
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
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I honestly thought I was pretty good at not loving money until I was hit with a bill for a service that was necessary but beyond my ability to pay. I stomped about the house. I pleaded with administrative voices over the phone. I cried at a friend. I felt pierced with "many pains." Long story short - it all worked out. The bill was reduced, but someone else had to pay. I paid what I still owed. I was left exhausted and recovering from a fight that wasn't good. I had expended the most vital energy source of all - mine - on something that had nothing to do with pursuing righteousness, godliness,faith, love, endurance or gentleness. I might make a case for "endurance" but I would only be spinning a fanciful lie. I sat draped in my comfy clothes, exhausted in the easy chair of the living room of my very nice, spacious house which is next to a whole other building which houses my car. I sat there as a lover of money. I was not a brave soldier resting from having fought the good fight, but I was closer to understanding where the front lines of the true battle could be found.
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Holy God, forgive me, give me a second and I will take another swing at the good fight because for reasons that shock and amaze, you fight the good fight for me. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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