Feb 9, 2009


In most quotes about money you will find a mention of good health like this one credited to Izaak Walton:

Look to your health; and if you have it, give praise to God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that all the money in the world can’t buy.

That's a good one but one of my favorite quotes about money and belongings comes from the Bible, Matthew 6:19. In this verse Jesus tells us that our treasures should be stored in heaven where we never have to worry about theft or decrease in value.

Of all the money quotes I have ever read, this one is the most profound. To put it simply, we are not meant to worry ourselves with building great empires of wealth in this world.

Today I got the news that a person I knew had committed suicide. Mentally sorting all the reasons why people commit suicide I couldn’t see where this person fit into any of the categories. He was not mentally or physically ill. He didn’t have family problems. I couldn’t identify any of the factors that were mentioned of a medical or social nature.

Then I spoke with a person who was much closer to the deceased than I and he told me that our friend had suffered catastrophic financial losses and a tremendous decrease in net worth in the recent economical downturn.

Pardon me if I take offense when I hear "net worth" given as a valid reason to take a life. This is a commonly used phrase in quotes about money, financial discussions that encompasses a sum of your total property; investments, land, your home and any number of other assets.

However, I can’t help but with that the financial gurus would come up with another term because in my mind, personal net worth is something altogether different. And we can rest assured and be secure in the knowledge that even with respected banking institutions crashing around our ears that our true net worth the one that is truly meaningful is secure and intact.

Your true net worth is the value given to you by a loving God who redeems and sustains you. There is no manmade device that can be used to measure it because it is incalculable as well as inviolable.

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Feb 7, 2009

PATIENCE QUOTES - The Virtue of Patience

One of my favorite patience quotes from the Bible is taken from Psalm 27:14.

"Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen the heart."

Young people seem to always be in such a rush to meet deadlines, accomplish goals and get to where they want to be. In all that hurrying and scurrying they seem to lose sight of where they are are going or what they are going to do once they arrive.

A young married couple may be ready to start a family and is having difficulty getting pregnant. Maybe a college graduate is ready to kick off the career of a lifetime. There's nothing at all wrong with enthusiasm, but when it becomes a problem we need some inspiration and guidance on how to control ourselves and remain upbeat and focused rather than to give up out of frustration.

Waiting for anything to happen or taking their time drives people crazy. What is actually a few minutes they treat as if it were an eternity. People become so impatient and irritable mentally drumming their fingers and patting their feet in a fretful fashion. Their attitude is that things should be hopping all the time; that life is moving on without them and that they are wasting time when they need to be out there in the mix of things.

Older folks are more relaxed because they have "been there" and "done that" but even they are guilty of not remembering the patience quotes that their elders shared with them. Patience and tolerance is a virtue that is difficult to attain in today's world. All we can do is pay attention to what the Bible says about patience and trust in God's wisdom while we are devoping patience of our own.

There are a few funny quotes on patience. My favorite involves a pair of buzzards sitting in a tree pondering on killing something rather than to use prudence and wait for a carcass to be served up to them.

The best inspirational quote on patience that I have found is this one: Patience is wisdom in waiting.

An ancient proverb on patience that is worthy of mention is: A misty morning does not mean that it will be a cloudy day.

There are many patience quotations or sayings from the Bible, but here's a good one:
A man's wisdom gives patience. Proverbs 19-11

If you read carefully there is a common thread in patience quotes; wisdom. This tells us that it is a wise person who practices prudence and learns the virtue of patience. So, how do we start to build wisdom and start to practice patience rather than to live in a state of anxiety and frustration? The best advice that I can offer is when you find yourself in too much of a hurry take a few breaths and remember that God tells us to wait.

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Feb 6, 2009


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The best Bible verses for encouragement may not offer quick and easy solutions for eliminating the trouble, sadness or grief in our lives. But they do give us the tools to weather the storm and get through whatever it is that is bringing us sorrow.

The scriptures don't abandon us and leave us to flounder spiritually but Christians looking for a quick fix might experience some disappointment because God doesn't make the promise that if we follow him that all our problems will be solved. Instead He reminds us that the rain will fall equally on the just as well as the unjust.

Troubleshooting the messes that humans make of their lives and the world is not God's job. Rather, He gives us the advice that during troubling moments, we should turn to Bible verses for encouragement, comfort and a reinforcement of faith not to look for a remedy for our car not starting, not having enough money in our bank account or fixing a relationship gone bad.

His promise is that our faith will deflect the darts launched in our direction not to prevent them. Here's one of my favorite inspirational Bible verses for encouragement that explains the need to carefully foster our faith.

Ephesians 6:16
"Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."

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