Realistic Life

What is your plan for life? Are you planning a good paying professional career? Are you working a good paying job? Are you looking for a job that allows for more time off? Would you prefer to win the lottery and have no need to work anymore?

We know we need to work to be able to provide for our families. We know some jobs pay more than others. We know there is a range of benefits offered for different types of jobs and companies. But some chase after the quick buck rather than working for it.

There are schemes that promise to make us wealthy with little work on our part. They can be tempting to try. But notice what the writer of Proverbs tells us. Chasing after those get rich quick schemes will leave us high and dry.

This proverb also teaches us not to chase after fantasies. That does not mean we cannot pursue doing well or chase our dreams. It does mean we are to look at those dreams with a bit of realism. What are the odds we will play professional baseball? What are the odds we will be a world-renowned singer? What are the odds we will be the CEO of a fortune five hundred company?

The proverb suggests a realistic view of living in this world. It reminds us we must work to live a comfortable life. The proverb does not promise riches but does promise we won’t need to worry about where our next meal will come from. Many of us live this way. However, there are many who do not.

God will provide for those of us who follow His path for us. That pathway may not be the one we fantasize about, but it is one we can be thankful for. To find that path is to find peace, joy, and contentment. We find it when we seek God first and rely on His guidance for our lives.

I pray we all seek the path God has prepared for us. I pray we forgo chasing after fantasies. I pray each one of us seeks the right job for the right reasons for our life. Trust God to lead you. Seek His guidance. Be prepared to work. Live the abundant life. 

Proverbs 28:19

Those who work their land will have abundant food,

but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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