In the world today, many have struggled to make ends meet. Many have struggled with the loss of their jobs, their homes, and their finances. In the midst of the world of financial insecurity, have we not seen the danger of placing our hope and trust in money?
In a blink of an eye, a lifetime of work and savings can be erased…
In a bad day at the stock market, retirement dreams can be wiped out…
In an unexpected letter from a spouse, we can become alone and financially destitute…
In a moment, all that we thought was valuable can be erased…
The questions we must ask ourselves are:
What is truly valuable?
What truly is meaningful to us?
Where is our heart?
We live in the richest country in the world. Yet we are statistically suffering from higher rates of depression, suicide, and other behavioral health issues than anyone else.
What can we learn from our continuous pursuit of financial security?
Finances do not equate Fulfillment.
Deep pockets do not always equate to Deep Principles.
Larger Salaries can leave us lacking meaning.
God instills passion in our hearts that ultimately lead us toward our purpose. He has uniquely designed us for a specific purpose that no one can fill.
In our lives, we can often find ourselves struggling because we have fought against that purpose. We have been led astray by the desires of this world. We have chased the dollar, wanted recognition, sought power over our purpose.
Then we come to that moment, when our hearts are full and our bank accounts are small. We begin to give back as we have found that “a generous man shall prosper, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs) We embrace our inner calling that we have fought against for so long. We begin to experience peace in our lives. We have come to the place where we are fulfilled not by our paycheck, our title, or our authority but because of Christ.
My friends, in a moment our lives can be changed. The world can take away all the things that it deems valuable to us. But it cannot take away our love for God, our love for family, and our love for what God has called us to do. The greatest paycheck we can receive is the peace in our hearts when we realize that we are making a difference, we are a part of God’s plan, and we are following it rather than fighting it.
A simple three question guide we can all follow when making decisions about our purpose is this:
Is what we are about to do going to help us grow in our faith with Jesus?
Is what we are about to do going to improve upon our marriage?
Is what we are about to do going to enrich our lives with our children?
If the answer is no, then our answer should be no. For when we walk away from God, our marriage, and our children even in the smallest deviation we have failed. We have walked away from our purpose. “Anything that diminishes or distracts from our original purpose, no matter how good it may seem is sin to us.” Ravi Zachariahs
Stay focused and continually watch out for anything that may be pulling us away from our true purpose. We can only do this by staying connected to God and fellow believers who hold us accountable.
May God Bless you all,
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood MInistries