Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year - invest wisely in love.

  How should we plan our New Year resolution.

Deuteronomy 8:18
  “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
I Corinthians13:3
 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

My New Years resolution is not to give more to needy, I already give what is bearable. I plan on just learning to Love more. There is a distinction, some people give to prove to themselves they are willing. I once did this gave every last nickel to the poor. The next day I was poor and what was proven, the poor were still needy and God was not pleased. It is impossible to please God , even the bible teaches this. He only is appeased by Love. It was a good lesson as such but only self serving.
A lot of preachers will prey upon the gullible and ask them to donate all their money in church, a lot of the elderly are vulnerable. My own parents retired live on a small monthly check, each year their health insurance and utilities go up, taxes rise. I had to supplement their food on several occasions and found out they being very spiritual but not practical were giving beyond their means.
 Relatives , pastors evangelist all took advantage of them, they were over 80 years old, it came to the point were they had no money to pay taxes and could have lost their home. I sat down with them and we came up with an acceptable financial plan , they are much happier learning to have balance in their spiritual lives. My mother now gives of her time, her love more. I want to say give what you are able comfortable, time and energy is giving. Watch over the elderly to make sure they are not being taken advantage of.
  The bible speaks of those who take advantage of widows in their grief and this can extend to any elderly. I invest in commodities , some may say it is being greedy or not christian. I prayed about this and when Jesus was with the fisherman , he told them where to cast their nets. I actually pray for God to guide me in what to invest in, it is in the end going to be used for His glory. I am not here to please others or satisfy their greed. Fact of the matter- the bible is my financial guide, guide for holy living and peace of mind.
 My wife and I both work 50 plus hours a week , we are grateful. She is a health care aid , and I always tell her she is doing Gods work helping the truly needy. While some ministers give a sermon on helping the indigent or mentally challenged she actually does it every day. I take care of my son every day with down syndrome, bath him, brush his teeth, shave him and make sure he is fed every day. We go to church together, shopping and belong to a community workshop.
 My point is balance is needed, God wants us to have peace of mind - not be in poverty. Those that try to control you and seize your pocket in the name of Jesus, are not of God. Many catholic priests live on less than 18k a year and pay taxes, they have taken a vow of poverty. Even though I am not a catholic it is not a sin to take a priest to dinner, or offer a ride. Some local ministers of independent churches live on less than minimum wage. I know because have been there, why not give a red envelope with a twenty in it. In martial arts - we often gave a red envelope to the Sufi for teaching us self defense as a love gift.
  In the New Year pray for balance, ask God how you should invest not only monetary but time. You can never please God, love is the only profit He cares about.  

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