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Ecclesiastes 5

10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.

If I am honest, I am stuck between these two expressions of wisdom.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Kind of Man

Forget your lust for rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this if you try
All I want for you my son
Is to be satisfied

My wife and I have sat down and thought and prayed and debated and doubted our plans…Our plans to move out of the country and to live as missionaries. I really believe our house will sell next month but I find myself asking, “Then what?” It’s scary to look at all the stuff we have accumulated and then realize that we must get rid of it all. We succumbed to lie that “stuff” will generate happiness. I get mad thinking about how stupid we were to make this and that purchase. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having stuff but I think we should always ask, “Is this necessary?”

This life style of keeping up with the Jones’ makes me think about gambling. Gambling, for the most part, is a gray area. It can be fine at times but at other times, it’s just a waste. I like to play poker for a little money but I can’t stand going to a Casino and walking out with less in my pocket. The gray area for me is the entertainment factor. If I have given back to God and then paid my bills, then my “entertainment money” can be justified. I think.

I say “I think”, because that money could have been given to a greater cause than my entertainment. But, so could anything I spend money on.

Psalm 20:4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

To be happy and successful our “entertainment” must “entertain” God as well. And then, only then, will He give us the desires of our heart. That’s a bit daunting, “entertaining God!” It’s probably easy as a simple man.

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