Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Devotions - What would you trade for money?

There is free publication I've found recently called Southwest Kansas Faith and Family. In the latest edition there was an article that I found very interesting that I'd like to share with you today.

by Judy Woodward Bates - DORA, Ala. (BP)

Would you trade your daughter for a new car? Your son for a bigger house? Your spouse for a corner office? You wouldn't, would you? At least, not intentinally. Yet there  are countless believers out there chasing the almighty dollar to the neglect of everything and everyone they claim to be loving and living for.

A woman I'll call Melissa was in a Bible class I was teaching. One Sunday she expressed a desire to stop working outside the home so she could be home with her children. "Then do it," I urged. "You can make it on your husband's salary, I'm sure."

And they could have. Her problem, though, was that she wouldn't be able to make the payments and pay the insurance on the new car her oldest daughter was driving.

So I issued her a challenge; Go home and discuss it with her daughter. So she did. Melissa told her that she was considering leaving her job to be a stay at home mom and that this would mean selling the new car and finding a less expensive used one. The daughter promptly declared that she would "absolutely die from embarrassment" if she had to give up that new car. In other words, the values Melissa's life had been teaching had rubbed off on her daughter. Her daughter was willing to trade her mom for that new car and insurance. 

What about you? What sort of values are you teaching? Say you wouldn't trade anyone you love for a material possession? Then go home and live like it. If it takes a smaller house or an older car or a lesser job to free up more time for what's really important, make the necessary changes. 

My parents are both with the Lord now and they had no wealth to leave behind for their children. But two things they had in abundance; love and faith. Had they left me money, it'd be long gone by now. Yet because they left me something priceless and timeless, I still have all of it and more. Their love and their faith led me to my own love and faith for Jesus Christ and for others. And nothing, including difficult financial times, can take that from me. 

When you draw your last breath, what will you have left behind - material wealth? Nothing wrong with that. but what about spiritual riches? I pray that your greatest legacy is one of faith in Jesus.  

Dear God, Help me to pass on Your values to my children. Help me to realize what is important to live for. Amen.


  1. I really liked those last two paragraphs and the prayer. There are many people out there working so much they rarely see their families, so that they can afford the "rich" life.

    That said, I don't know many 16 year old girls (me included back then)that wouldn't fight for that new car.... then again, I drove a 10 year old sedan when I finally got my license at 17.

  2. I drove a car that had no heater, no radio and was 3 different colors!! I loved that car believe it or not :)

  3. WOW.. amazing post. Thank you for stopping me today to reflect on what really is important. :-)


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