Archive for March, 2013

Wanting More

March 6th, 2013 No comments

2 Kings 5:20-27 (27)

Does the accumulation of money actually lead to happiness? Greed can cause you to become something you did not think possible. James Patterson and Peter Kim in “The Day America Told the Truth” told of a poll which asked the question, “What are you willing to do for $10,000,000?” Two-thirds of those in America who were polled agreed to at least one of the following items. Some agreed to several of the items.

Would abandon their entire family (25%)
Would abandon their church (25%)
Would become prostitutes for a week or more (23%)
Would give up their American citizenships (16%)
Would leave their spouses (16%)
Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free (10%)
Would kill a stranger (7%)
Would put their children up for adoption (3%)

This poll uncovers an alarming reality. Greed rules the hearts of many people. Moral values are easily set aside when there is the potential for extravagant gain. And yet greed only offers dissatisfaction because you can never attain everything you may desire. Kennon Sheldon, a psychologist at the University of Missouri at Columbia said, “We consistently find that people who say money is most important to them are (the unhappiest).” Greed causes people to make poor choices which lead to self destruction.

Categories: Devotionals

Obstacles to Success

March 6th, 2013 No comments

Proverbs 22:10-16 (16)

You can expect obstacles in life. On the way to church you may find that the highway is under construction and you have to take a detour. Some obstacles that you will face are more significant. You may be handicapped causing you to forfeit some of the desires in life you might have had.

Jesus F. Contreras, a Mexican sculptor lost his right arm while working on a statue. Besides the pain, expense and inconvenience, this caused him a lot of frustration. But the artist did not give up on his work. Through painstaking effort he learned to carve with his left hand. Finally the day came when he unveiled his beautiful masterpiece. He had named it ’In Spite Of’.

Booker T. Washington was born in slavery. Thomas Edison was deaf in his left ear and 80% deaf in his right ear. Beethoven was deaf. Abraham Lincoln was born of illiterate parents. Lord Byron had a club foot. Robert Louis Stevenson had tuberculosis. Alexander Pope was a hunchback. Admiral Nelson had only one eye. Julius Caesar was an epileptic. Helen Keller was blind and deaf.
All of these individuals faced obstacles but did not let it stop them. They went on to great success.

We take courage from such stories and yet we have an advantage that many in life have not discovered. We have a God whose grace is sufficient for every circumstance. We have a God who will never leave us when we face the obstacles of live. He will never forsake us when others give up and leave us to face the hardships of life alone.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

Categories: Devotionals