Monday, September 29, 2008

Bigger And Better

"Then He told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.' Then he said, 'Here's what I'll do: I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll gather in all my grain and goods, and I'll say to myself, Self, you've done well! You've got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!'"
-Luke 12:16-19 (The Message)

Friends, this is us. Me. You. Way too much of the time. In America, the land where greed is admired, we learn to get bigger and better. That is the American way. And it's killing us. Today is a historic day, and to be honest, the state of our nation is starting to keep me up at night.

I look at the economy and the wars and all that's going on and I start to get that anxious, butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of feeling. It's been with me all day, in fact. I don't feel settled, I don't feel peaceful. And then just when I'm at the point of losing my mind, I read this:

"People who don't know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works."
-Luke 12:28ish (The Message)

I know God. He is good and loving and faithful and extravagant. And the way He works? Good, loving, faithful and extravagant. He brought the nation of Israel out of bondage. He fed the 5,000. He sent His Son to pay the worst price for my worst sins. And I'm figuring something out. That the battle is not won or lost in the economy, or in Iraq or in the election. The battle is won or lost in the arena of my mindset.

It's time to change my mind.

1 comment:

Becky said...

absolutely, terribly, incredibly, amazing, Katie. I love.