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Can't Get No Satisfaction (19 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

If you love money and wealth, you will never be satisfied with what you have. This doesn’t make sense either. The more you have, the more everyone expects from you. Your money won’t do you any good—others will just spend it for you. If you have to work hard for a living, you can rest well at night, even if you don’t have much to eat. But if you are rich, you can’t even sleep.

(Ecclesiastes 5.10-11)

Reflect:

The love of money, desiring more and even gaining more money can wear us out. Poverty brings all kinds of problems, but the writer of Ecclesiastes advises that having lots of money doesn’t provide a better alternative. Wealth can breed another kind of restlessness and anxiety. Practising simplicity can break the grip that money has on us.

Respond: 

Are you a spender or a saver? Either way, what kind of grip does money hold on you? How can you find freedom?

Midday Meditation:

‘People whose lives are rooted in this identity become, over time, strangely resistant to consumerism. They begin to love their enemies, and so they are not secured by any tribal group. They live beyond the boundaries of in and out. And they give up the chase for more. Somehow there will be enough for whatever is needed. Someone has whispered in their ear, “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

(Mark Powley Consumer Detox)

Evening Reflection:

What good is it to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?
What good is it to make a sweet sound, but remain proud?
In view of God’s mercy, I offer my all

And take my life, let it be everything, all of me
Here I am, use me for Your glory
In everything I say and do, let my life honour You
Here I am living for Your glory 

(Living For Your Glory – Tim Hughes)

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