Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trusting God or mammon


It is hard to stay focused on God,
when stress is high,
when time is tight,
when to-do's mount up,
when money is challenging...

What wins?
Physical reality, and its exigencies
OR
spiritual reality - the reign/kingdom of God/Heaven.

When stress is high, I most need to keep my eyes on God.
But it is hard, as a human, caring for a body.

Money challenges have been very close to the bone for me for the last year
- and for much of my life.

SO, let's say hello to this, for a bit, today...

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mammon
"the treasure a person trusts in" 
- the idol of riches, money, possessions

13 No servant can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.- Luke 16

This is as important today, as it was when Jesus talked about it
The worship of money, if anything, has increased.
And us bringing the will of God on earth as it is in heaven... suffers


Meanwhile we need money, 
we live in this World, in this reality, 
in the current economy.

It's kind of like having to learn subtle cues and balance and agency from within us, spiritually.
For something like, say, food addiction.

Because in that we need to learn to eat well and healthy,
but not to make food the center of our lives.

So we have to find a way to be aligned with ourselves and with God around food,
because we can't just avoid it.

Similarly, around money;
which has so much to do with survival,
as well as looking good, and power in the world, success, etc.

It's so complicated, and it's so intense.

Utilizing our relationship with money,
as a way to understand how we're living,
and how much were really focused on God,
And the how much were following God step-by-step...

this is really important stuff.




Being secure in the arms of Mammon 
feels so much easier than
just trusting God...
that what I need will come, in time for when I need it.

For me, the answer always lies in the scripture below.

It can be a challenging road,
to trust, to allow my need to be met,
not what I think my many needs are ; )

and in God's time...
aye

yet, this is what I really want, really choose:

31 seek ye the reign of God,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Luke 12 (from the section 'do not worry' ;)

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what say you?

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