Who Would You Be if You Had Nothing?
Loss of income. Medical emergencies. Man-made or natural disasters. Without notice, our fragile, familiar world could change in an instant.
Consider the parable of the wise and foolish builders—the wise builds upon a rock; the foolish, sand. When the storms of life came, only the structure built on a sure foundation was able to withstand the onslaught of the storm.
Your worst failures are your greatest teachers.
God doesn’t promise safety from storms but rather safely through storms. You will still have to endure the challenges. You may even fail. But God will use those failures to reveal important truths about yourself and the world around you. And in time, you will find that your worse failures were, in fact, your greatest teachers.
You are not your things.
One of the most important lessons I learned as a direct result of loss was that things do not define you. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor or living in a sprawling estate or large cardboard box—you cannot be defined by what you have—or lack. Your existence is infinite. Your possessions are temporal. How can something infinite be defined by something temporary? It can’t.
This too shall pass.
Valley experiences always precede mountaintop experiences. Mountaintop experiences always precede valley experiences. Live long enough and you will notice a cyclical pattern to your existence. Highs are preceded by lows. Lows are preceded by highs. This pattern is the rhythm of your life. It’s designed to keep your hopeful while in the valley and humble while on the mountaintop.
For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
In the biblical story of the rich young ruler, a wealthy man asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life?" He seemed willing to listen and eager to learn. He also seemed a disciple-in-the-making. But his story has a sad ending. It was he that inspired Jesus famous words "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom."
Why Jesus' Words Upset Many
The story of the rich young ruler exposes a raw nerve in us. Why are we worried with the question? Do we, too, feel possessive of what we have? Do we fear that God may require us to do something that would cost us too much? Or that what we may have to give up is greater than what we may gain? What are we afraid of? And why are we afraid?
In truth, we are afraid because we sense that our core identity, like the rich young ruler, is defined by what we have instead of who we are…
A NEW ME: Transparently. Abundantly.
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