What are you buying with your time here? 

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

I don’t know about you but when I hear the word “blessed” I don’t think about monetary things. I don’t think about the things money can buy or the experiences it might enable. No, blessings are more of the unmeasurable nature. Being rich, well that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

Being rich is having all the things and the status and the cars, homes, clothes, etc. that money can buy. If I’m rich my bank account is full even if my heart is empty. The riches I enjoy however; come at a cost. They come at the expense of some other things.

Just as there’s no free lunch, monetary wealth can come at the expense of our families, our friends, even our character. See, if we’re busy, eagerly pursuing riches we can’t be other places. We can’t be at the athletic events, school functions, family get-togethers or even just at the supper table. Unfortunately, if we’re really eager to get rich, we may not see our absence as a punishment. To us it looks more like a price, even as our family feels punished. We’ve traded money for blessings. We’ve said, with the allotment of our time, that money is our goal. That’s not where it’s at according to the proverb.

The proverb puts being richly blessed in direct opposition to riches. It puts the trappings of this world as the antitheses to blessings. It puts faith opposite of eagerness and perhaps ambition. And that’s where we come up against it. We try to measure our riches in dollars and not blessings. We put our efforts toward the material and not the spiritual. The crazy thing is that the cost of riches that we think will yield us so much far exceeds the cost of blessings which can yield everything.

I put my faith on deposit and I put my money in the bank. If I were a financial planner I’d opt for deposits of faith before deposits of paychecks. The former is eternal; the latter finite.

The Everyday Question: Where are you making your deposits?

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