Judging A Book By Its Cover

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. –Proverbs 29:7

Concern For Others

Followers of Christ will share his concern that the poor be treated fairly and compassionately, and that they have opportunity to hear the gospel. We naturally look out for our own concerns or the concerns of our families, but it is easy for us to harden our hearts towards others. Many times we become selfish with our resources or time.

Judging A Book By Its Cover

We all have a tendency to judge those around us, especially ones that seem to not have as much as us. It can make us feel uncomfortable or we fill like we are a little better than them. Just because someone has less than us, doesn’t mean that their value is less than ours. We all could fall on hard times where money is tight, where we don’t know where our next mean will come. What someone looks like on the outside has very little to do with who they are as a person, which is the most important thing. Jesus did not shy away from the poor.

We need to be careful how we treat individuals, especially in our churches. The rich should be treated as the poor, as we all need Jesus. The rich man deserves hell just as the poor man does. We should remember that every soul needs saved no matter how the look.

Sometimes I think it bothers us to be around others less fortunate than us, because deep down it makes us vulnerable. It hurts the pride that we have in how we carry ourselves. We realize that sometimes how people treat us, is due to what persona we display. If we don’t dress a certain way people won’t like us. Our independence is also challenged, as there are situations outside of our control, and only God is truly in control. That eats away at our pride we harbor.

All The Same

We have to remember that we’re all created equally. We were all created by the same God, he loves us all equally. When we think of that, it’s convicting on how we treat each other. Someone that has hardly no money is loved by God just as much as the richest person. When we come across someone that’s on hard times, we need to remember we could easily be in that spot some day.

Being Content

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.–Proverbs 17:1

I do this all the time, looking at houses and thinking it would be nice to have a bigger house, a fancier house. Or thinking about how it would be nice to drive a Mercedes instead of my Ford. The issue is, that I’m not content like I should be.

Being content is hard for us, especially in the Americanized culture, where it’s taught to want more. There is nothing wrong with wanting better things than what you have for yourself or your family. It’s how we go about getting those things. What sacrifices are we willing to make in order to have more? Many people work 80 hour weeks so that they can pay for a fancier house or nicer car. They miss out on time with their family and loved ones, just to have some nicer things.

I see it a lot with people I know, not being content with what they have and always trying to make a dollar, so they can afford something that is beyond what they can really afford. These people get grouchy and easily irritable. Why? Because they never know for sure if they’re going to have money to pay for the nicer home, car, toys, whatever.

There is peace in being content with what you have. I know personally, when I’m content, I’m a much happier person. I probably a lot easier to live with. When I’m not content, I’m grouchy, because I want something I can’t have. It’s hard for me, I’m a competitive person. I’m competitive with myself, I think I can always do better. Nothing wrong with being competitive, until you get to not being content with where you are.

I’ve talked a lot about wanting nicer homes or cars, but it can be with anything. Maybe it’s your job, you want a more powerful job, a fancier title. How’s your job performance when that job title doesn’t come when you think it should? Do you get mad or are you okay with it? Usually if we get mad, we start becoming not so great of an employee. (Check out Where Are You Seeking Favor)

Not being content in our lives, brings strife. We need to learn to appreciate what we have. Being content, will let us focus on the important things in life. It will bring us less strife in our life.

Doing a gratitude journal or even just thinking of a couple of things each day you’re grateful for changes your mindset for the day. It’s something I’ve done in the past and going to start doing again on a constant basis.

Check out some of my related articles: Balancing Act, Raining Money Doesn’t Grow A Great Life

Balancing Act

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me –Proverbs 30:8

In Matthew 6:11 it says, “Give us this our daily bread.” This is representative of our need to have basic provisions. We should always pray to have enough income to meet personal and family needs, to further God’s work, and to give to those in need

In a previous post, “Raining Money Doesn’t Grow a Great Life” I discussed how many times we get caught up in making money and working ourselves to death, and we lose out on time with God, family, and friends. We lose our balance in life. Being at the extremes of money, i.e poverty or rich, tends to make people focused on money. It becomes a god to them.

God wants us to be building relationships, not tirelessly working. In Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, God says there is a time for everything. There is a very delicate balance in life. Look at our own bodies, there are compounds, say potassium, that are needed for the everyday function of our lives. Potassium is vital in how our nerve cells send signals (click here, if you want to see how it works). Yet, if our potassium levels get out of whack, that can cause some serious issues, including death.

Proverbs 30:8 is talking about money and provisions, I think that meaning can go a bit further. We should have a balanced life. A balanced diet is thrown around a lot, and there is a lot of merit in that. We need nutrients from all sorts of foods. The same is with our whole life, we need balance. Too much play is just as bad as too much work. Too much money is as bad as not enough. Too much food is just as dangerous as too little food. Too much family can be just as bad as never being around family.

We have to have balance in our lives. This allows us to focus on the good instead of what comes from excess or drought extremes. When we are in need of something, our mind is focused on getting it. When we are in excess of something our mind is focused on getting more or keeping it. When we’re in the middle, we have what we need to sustain, and can focus on our relationship with God.

Raining Money Doesn’t Grow A Great Life

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” Proverbs 23:4

So many today have have fallen into the trap of wanting to be wealthy. Money is nice to have, but it’s a tool. Most Americans could not handle a $400 emergency. That’s sad and worrisome, because $400 dollars is not much in today’s money. Having a tooth worked on, something going wrong with your car or house, or a pet getting sick could easily amount to $400 plus. People are living beyond their means. Trying to impress their neighbors and friends and spending their paychecks as soon as they get them.

“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1Timothy 6:10

How many times have we seen on the news that some music celeb or a sports star coming out of college and going into the pros gets a lot of money thrown at them and their life crumbles after a few years. Money brings a lot of troubles with it. It separates us from depending on God. It brings the wrong people into our lives. It seems to bring addictions into peoples lives, whether that be drugs, gambling, or something else


Once again, money is not bad, it is a tool. It’s a tool to live our lives on earth. As Proverbs 23:4 says, “Labour not to be rich. . . ” Why? Because if our whole goal is to be rich, what is our end game? How much is enough? Is $1 million enough? Or is it enough until we get close to that number and then we think we need $2 million? Humans are not good at being content, we want more. What we have is not enough. Our neighbor gets a more expensive car, then we have to get a better car. Our buddy moves to a new section of town with a bigger house, we have to move to a nicer neighborhood.

All this leads to is us wanting to be richer, so then we get a better paying job, or keep getting promoted so we keep earning a higher paycheck. But what are the consequences? More hours, more stress, being tired, health issues, etc. What does this do to our family life? What does it do to our quality of life? Most importantly, what does it do to our relationship with God? In many of those cases that all start to deteriorate.

Money and working hard is not bad at all. Some very good people have been blessed to be wealthy. They do amazing things with the money they have been blessed with. It’s how we let money and work impact our life. We should work hard and make a living, but we have to keep God first in our lives. He will provide for our needs, maybe not our wants, but our needs. We should pray that God meets our needs. We should also be wise stewards of what God has given us. If we waste what he has given us, why would he bless us with more? At the end of our lives, are we going to remember all the money we made or will we remember all the time we lost with our loved ones, trying to make that money? Time is our most valuable resource, not money!