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If It's Broke, Fix It

Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust[b] consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Over my lifetime, there’s a number of things that have been broken. Since there’s been quite a few of them, let’s leave out the specifics for now.  When I find things that are broke, I fix them.  It has never worked well for me just to leave them be and hope they fix themselves.  In my dreams they fix themselves, but never in real life.

What about things that are outside my control?  Well, I can do my part. And it may not seem like much, but it’s better not doing anything at all.  I find when I do nothing about something that needs fixing, I tend to get grumpy and feel restless.  Oh, and I’m usually not at peace.  That’s a biggie for me, being at peace.  But when I do something, even when the big picture might indicate it’s not much, I feel better.  I’m not so grumpy and restless, and peace is easier to find.

What got me thinking about this was money.  Lately I have realized I need to spend less and save more.  And the money I do spend needs to be planned and well thought out.  My tithe needs to first, always.  Give out of my excess, not my reserve.  I’m not going through my whole budget because my priorities are different that yours.  But you get the point.

In yesterday’s message, Brian McLaren talked about what a difference people can make when they allow the Holy Spirit to move through them.  He wasn’t always referring to religious areas, but every area of our lives.  The one that got me, though, was the sustainable economy.  What would happen if we allowed the Holy Spirit to move through the area of finance?  We wouldn’t be in the same boat we’re in now.

How did it feel when we you realized that the United States does not have a sustainable economy?  Two months, it took two months to send our economy into a tailspin.  So much of a tailspin that it may not be recoverable for years. The current 9 week unemployment number (those collecting unemployment)  is 38.6 million people.  The stock market collapse was so bad they had to stop trading.  It’s on the rise, though. But in on the rise because it’s counting on future events that may or may not happen.  It’s crazy, and unsustainable.

So please, read the scriptures about money.  Jesus said more about money than anything else for a reason.  And may the Holy Spirit be your guide.

Pastor Jim

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