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“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”  (1 Timothy 6:18-19, NIV)

We cannot take anything with us when we die but, while we live, we can “send ahead” treasure so that we are not destitute when we arrive on the other side.

With this in mind, Paul tells his protege, Timothy, to tell people like us (that is, blessed with earthly possessions) to accumulate wealth in good deeds; and to be willing to share — generously.

Life “that is truly life” is not about acquiring and holding; but receiving and giving.  Be a channel, not a reservoir!  – Luther

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“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”  (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)

Even those of us who will not admit to being “rich,” know we aren’t “poor.”

Such folks are commanded: “Not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth.”

Whether we consider ourselves “rich” or “poor,” gratitude for what we have received; and hope for the future is properly placed only in God, who is the true source of all that we have.

Remember: Worship the Giver, not the gift.  – Luther

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“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”  (Psalm 3:5, NIV)

The close of each day provides us the opportunity to rest, reflect, and re-engage.

The writer of this psalm (David) wrote it while on the run from his son Absalom (a rogue child if ever there was one). See 2 Samuel, Chapter 15, for the background.

In critical times, we are reminded of our fragility.  We awake from our slumber only because God awakens us.  We live, only because God sustains us.

However, we need also to remember that God sustains us when life is sweet and everyone is at peace with us.  In every circumstance, give thanks to God for his grace.  – Luther

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