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Friday, January 18, 2013

The subject of what we would do in the event of a sudden influx of money has entered my conversations lately. I had to face this kind of decision when my first husband passed away, and I had the insurance money. Well, we had a large credit debt, and the Bible says " the wicked borrow but do not repay"(Prov. 37:21) I don't want to be counted among the wicked, so it was an easy decision to get rid of THAT. The proverb also goes on to say "but the righteous give generously" And I do like to do this. Through my mission trips I have encountered a LOT of need. One could indebt oneself again trying to meet everyone's needs. BUT, that's not my job nor my calling. However, I AM called to visitation and encouragement. I already had funds for the airfare THERE, and what was left from the insurance helped to cover other incidental costs - giving of MYSELF. I would want to do more of this.

I have thought about things I'd like to do to the house. But as far as adding to my possessions - that's just not where my treasure is. I don't care for a lot of "stuff." I have a computer not because I want a computer and all the latest gadgets, but because it helps me "visit" vicariously and encourage from a distance. I value it for its intangible benefits. I don't have to have the latest and the greatest with all the whistles and beeps (my first husband acknowledged his love for shiney gadgets and fancy buttons, so he let ME choose, knowing I'd be more practical : the Frugal Scott!) It just has to work. And while I was never terribly materialistic before, upon coming to Christ my affections for "things of earth" fell off even more. I like clothes that fit and that let me work without having to worry about them. As such I am a total fashion washout. I can admire how other women dress, especially on Sundays at church or at restaurants. But it is so not ME. If I need to "dress up" I usually turn to my daughter for help. Gimme a pair of jeans, or maybe a denim skirt, and a cotton tee-shirt, and I'm good! I can't be worrying about "getting dirty."
And I certainly don't want to acquire more STUFF, because my hope is eventually to move to Peru and establish a permanent work there when traveling around by bus, "combi" (a modified minivan in which you cram as many people as you possibly can), motokar, "lancha" (large boat) or peque-peque (motorized canoe) gets too difficult for my old bones. (And through Spark I can delay that!) My father was a real packrat. He owned this house before me, and when he moved out, he left a lot of stuff - bicycle and tv parts, stuff I had NO idea what it was - and it's been a long time getting things cleared out of basement and attic. I don't want to do that to my kids, and I certainly don't want to be bothered when I'm finally ready to sell this house.
The best thing, I think, is to invest in the Kingdom of God. This could be in ways to extend it - supporting missions or missionaries; helping established ministries here or abroad; helping others fulfill their calling.

So "if I were a rich [woman]", I wouldn't be like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
Some exercise equipment would be nice - not to have STUFF but because it would be strengthening this body " to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [me] to do."(Eph. 2:10) Some GOOD shoes, for my flat feet, so I can do the same...But I think I would want to save for more mission trips and eventually that permanent work.
After all, I'm just passing through here. Eventually all I have HERE will be dust. So, I want to lay up treasure that will last.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt 6:19-21
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    I loved your response prayers join with others for John's wife...and the celebration of his life and the fact he is now with Jesus.
    I'd like to live my life in such a way as well...simple, unencumbered and ready to meet Jesus when He calls me home.

    Blessings to you...and to you Shel, for posting this blog.
    1883 days ago
    a timely reminder.. today was the memorial for a friend, 61 yrs old, who lived simply, loved wholy and after a Saturday with his wife (breakfast, errands, home chores and shopping) settled into his easy chair to enjoy some tv together with her after supper- 30 minutes later he was gone. although the loss of companionship will be great, I am glad that she is not burdened by dealing with "stuff" and is able to cherish the memories of the love they shared. death of a believer is where the rubber meets the road- John is home- where his treasure has always been- at the feet of Jesus

    whatever we do, we need to travel lightly through this world-unencumbered and available to do what He is calling us to do, using the treasure he makes available to us--so glad the heavenly supply for those needs is unlimited
    1884 days ago
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