You're Richer Than You Think

morning thoughts

Morning thoughts from Pastor Tim

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

scrooge“Christmas a humbug, uncle!” said Scrooge’s nephew.  “You don’t mean that, I am sure.”
“I do,” said Scrooge.  “Merry Christmas!  What right have you to be merry?  What reason have you to be merry?  You’re poor enough.”
“Come, then,” returned the nephew gaily.  “What right have you to be dismal?  What reason have you to be morose?  You’re rich enough.”

You may recognize that passage from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
I chuckle every time I read it.

The nephew has no right to be merry because he’s poor and yet Scrooge is miserable even though he’s
Here is what God’s word says about it, those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim 6:9-10
Perhaps in the eyes of some, I am monetarily rich. In my on eyes I am less than middle class yet I am happy.
I have a home filled with things to make it comfortable and entertaining.
Linda and I travel, though we very seldom cross a state line and we never need a passport.
My waistline will tell you I’m fed.
My bills are paid on time.
The fridge is full, my clothes are clean, my bed is warm, and my morning coffee is hot.
The more I write about my welfare, the more rich I seem to become.
In fact, if you believe as I do then the blessing of the LORD makes one rich. Prov 10:22
So with that, you may count your blessings and realize you’re richer than you think.
Or as Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote in his 1897 song:

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

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