Job 1:1-3:26 / 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 / Psalm 37:12-29 / Proverbs 21:25-26

Standout Verse:
Psalm 37:16
“ A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.”

It‘s always good to stop and take a look at what it is we value.  It can be a hard task in this crazy world we live in which tells us that success in life is measured by our bank accounts, the size of our homes, the school we attend, and the clothes we wear.  The crazier thing is, we find ourselves taking the bait as we strive to measure our worth by these same standards.  When we don’t match up, we are left “wanting”, insecure and unsatisfied.  If we do match up, we can find ourselves resting in a false sense of security, doing all we can to “hang on”, keep up appearances and maintain our “success”.

The thing is, it takes a HUGE amount of TIME, ENERGY and MENTAL FOCUS to keep up with the ever-changing value system the world advertises.  And, if we buy into what it is selling, we will find ourselves running on an ever-spinning “hamster wheel” trying to satisfy ourselves while the most important things (The REAL GOLD and RICHES) are waiting on the sidelines neglected. 

God’s measuring stick of TRUE RICHES AND SUCCESS have nothing to do with what the world tells us to value – He loves simple, uncomplicated living: Seeking first the Kingdom of God (our relationship with Him – His heart for us, others and the world); allowing that to change the way we see all of our relationships (marriage, parenting, friendships, the world around us). 

If these are the things we are pursing wholeheartedly, we’ll experience real joy, true peace, close friendships and deep purpose - we’ve already won the GOLD!