Eat, drink, & be merry?

Date: Wednesday, March 12

ScriptureLuke 12:13-21

Verse: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (Luke 12:19-20)

I recently saw this video, embedded below, where a homeless man is given a gift of $1,000. The man seems to think it is too much, and says, “This right here is enough for me… I’d like to share it with you.” Enough is a word with which many are unfamiliar. We are never satisfied, always striving for more. Yet, like the proverbial mule chasing the carrot on the stick, it is a goal which can never be reached.

The man in Jesus’ parable from today’s reading is much like us. His life is all about good food, a good time, and a life of leisure. He too is perpetually chasing after more. When his barns are full, and he has all he can handle, he simply builds bigger barns, never even considering if he has enough. Jesus reminds his hearers how they are sacrificing things of much greater value, like their relationship with God, when they become consumed with accumulating more.

There is a line in a Sheryl Crow song that sums it up well, “It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got” (from “Soak Up the Sun”). Or maybe to put it another way, it is knowing when we have enough.

A healthy life is a life of balance. It is knowing when we have enough.

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to want what I have, and to stop sacrificing it to accumulate more. Amen.

Action: Watch the video either below or HERE. Would you have responded like the homeless man?

Respond: I have some mixed feelings about the video. What did you think? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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If you cannot see it embedded above CLICK HERE to watch it on YouTube.


About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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One Response to Eat, drink, & be merry?

  1. Llsa says:

    I was conflicted about “just” giving the man the money instead of maybe helping him figure out how to use it/store it safely/make it grow.
    Grace in action, though.

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