Saturday, October 23, 2010

Between the Ant and the Barns

Recently I've been considering money. If you know me well, you know I tend to be a tight-wad when it comes to most things. There are a few things *cough* board games *cough* that I'm willing to spend some solid cash on, but for the most part I don't like spending money. Sometimes though I realize that I can focus on the cost of things too much. There are a couple verses I'm thinking about that relates to it.

Proverbes 6:6-8:
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Luke 12:13-21:
13Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
 14Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
 16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
 18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
 20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
 21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Proverbs talks tells me to go to the ant, the planner and "stingy" creature of nature, and consider how she works hard and saves money for winter. Then Luke tells me to remember that though I plan all I want and save all I want and prepare all I want, but my soul can be required of me at anytime. Both truths are in scripture, I need to find the balance of being a penny-pincher saving for retirement and the now-moment person who spends his money without consideration for the winter.

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