Friday Reflections

February 1, 2008

1. Here is a great group blog that I found that would be relevant for mothers (especially those with preschoolers). It’s called Prayer of Hannah. These women have an affiliation with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary because I found them at…

2. Said at Southeastern. This is a compilation of blog posts from students, faculty, and alumni of SEBTS. Emily and I’s blogs are listed there. There is some very interesting reading on this site. You may know that our beloved pastor, Dr. Estep, is on the board of trustees at SEBTS. Check it out.

3. My 17-month old son, Jackson, is both adventurous and habitual. He is adventurous in that he delights in exploring many places in our house. He is habitual in that he also delights in exploring the same places in our house again and again. One of his favorite destinations is our bookcase. The bookcase in our house is a menagerie of assorted novels, theology texts, Bibles, and coffee-table books. During his daily exploration through our bookcase he daily pulls out F.Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby and actually flips through the pages. Perhaps he is intrigued at the portrayal of the American dream of working hard, accruing wealth, and jumping classes. Perhaps he is disgusted by the same. Perhaps he likes the purple color. What I do know is that it is rather hilarious to know that his favorite books are his baby Bible, any book with lions in it, and The Great Gatsby.

4. This sermon convicted me today. If you make $37,000 a year then you are in the top 4% of wage earners in the world. If you make over $45,000 a year then you are in the top 1% of wage earners in the world. Convicted yet?

Furthermore, a survey was done and those who made under $30,000 a year said that they would be rich if they made $74,000. Those who make $50,000 a year said that they would feel rich if they made $100,000. Those who are millionaires said that they would feel rich if they had $5,000,000 in assets. 5 million!

The real convicting part of the sermon, however, was the realization that when the Bible speaks of rich people and speaks to rich people, God is talking to us Americans! The problem with “wanting to be rich” when we’re already rich is that no one feels rich because we all know someone who is richer then us. But because most of you that are reading this are in the top 4% of the world’s income-makers (me included) when the Bible speaks to the rich, God is speaking to you and me….now, excuse me as I go revisit those passages in the Bible that I always thought “weren’t speaking to me.”

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