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Daily Devotional – September 8

 

SHORT VS. LONG TERM GAINS 

A story is told of a man of meager means who saved every spare dime he could put away for his “Cadillac fund”.  On his 84th birthday he finally had enough to buy his convertible Cadillac and did so.  Three days later he died. 

His friends and family knew what the Cadillac meant to him so they had him embalmed, put the top down on the Cadillac and sat him in it with the intention of burying him that way. 

At the wake his friends filed by him one by one.  One of his closest stopped, stroked the leather seats of the Cadillac viewing its smooth lines appreciatively.  

“Man!” he said, “That sure is livin’!”

MARK 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

So often the focus of our life is on the here and now, the fleeting, the soon to be over.  How does a mere 80-90 years stack up when eternity is considered?

Are your investments short or long term?

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September 8, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

2 Comments »

  1. I think we are looking at two issues. How should we live our lives on this earth? (What should we value?) And how does time (on earth) relate to eternity (no time at all–always now)?

    I think scritpure is clear that we ought not live to (have the goal of)accumulating grear weatlth. But there are things on this earth worth chrerishing: a baby’s smile, pine needles on a path through the forest, clover, roses, sunsets, the beach at dawn, the mountains at sunset, families, friends, . . . . Our short term investments in these things may be long term, also.

    Then, what is “time,” other than a measure for life on this earth? What is “Heaven,” but God’s home that He will later share with us? What is “later,” but the time we wait to be with God? Who is “Spirt, but God Who lives in us now? What is “enernity,” but always NOW? What are we waiting for? A change of venue and place where we live by knowlegde, not by faith?

    If we only look at a baby’s smile, pine needles on a path through the forest, clover, roses, sunsets, the beach at dawn, the mountains at sunset, families, friends, perhaps we will see much of God’s face, even now.

    Comment by helenl | September 8, 2006 | Reply

  2. Amen Helen!

    Comment by sam | September 8, 2006 | Reply


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