Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A good reminder

mm, i was not really in a good mood today.
Pressure preparing for SLN trip...
Passing of jobs from a colleague...
Irritating comments from friends.. zzz!
Being force to like something even though i don...
Seeing people making progress in many things...

Ah, i wonder, am i stagnant?.. I felt bad..... Should/Should i not... What if... What would it be... imagine... etc etc... many things go through my mind...

And i came across this from daily bread.. mm, it reminded me something.. :) Great~

While visiting a US Civil War battlefield in Virginia, I was struck by a story about an army unit that arrived too late for a major battle. The troops had stopped to loot a camp abandoned by their enemy. By taking what they felt they needed, they could not accomplish their mission.

That seems to describe the failure of the prophet Elisha’s servant Gehazi, who sought money and clothing from Naaman, a Syrian military commander (2 Kings 5:20-25). Elisha told Naaman how to be cured of his leprosy, but he refused any gift or payment from him (v.16). Gehazi, however, decided to get something for himself (v.20). In a stinging rebuke, Elisha said to Gehazi: “Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing . . . ? Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever” (vv.26-27).

The desire for personal gain can be a snare in our service for the Lord. It may be the subtle lure of recognition or the fatal attraction of financial reward. Any motive that changes our focus from giving to God to getting from Him poses a real spiritual danger.

Greed makes us believe that we deserve what we desire. That leads us down the wrong road. May God give us the wisdom to avoid the sin of Gehazi. — David C. McCasland

God’s riches fill up our supply,
Whatever we may need,
So we can then be generous,
And not controlled by greed. —Sper

Live to give.

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