Monday, March 14, 2011

How To Enjoy Your Wealth from Bo Sanchez

I read this today and thought it's worth sharing. This is from Bo Sanchez, one of my mentors. The topic is quite interesting and he's managed to make it even more so. Clap clap!
How To Enjoy Your Wealth
For 3 weeks, I’ve been sharing a 4-part series on money. 
Here’s my last installment: How to Enjoy Wealth.
Before I tell you how, here are two Bible passages about enjoying your wealth.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, If God gives a man wealth and property and lets him enjoy them, he should be grateful and enjoy what he has worked for. It is a gift from God.
Some are surprised by that passage.
Here’s one more...
Sirach 14:5 says, How can you be generous with others if you are stingy with yourself, if you are not willing to enjoy your own wealth?  No one is worse off than someone who is stingy with himself; it is a sin that brings its own punishment.
Yes, God wants you to enjoy your wealth.
But you’ve got to enjoy it in a particular way.
What way? 
God’s way!
Remember These 3 Investments
I’ve mentioned this before, but I need to say it again. Divide your money into three investments:
Step 1: Invest 10% in your Eternity
Step 2: Invest 20% in your Maturity
Step 3: Invest 70% in your Family
In reality, everything is an investment.
Step 1: Invest 10% in your Eternity. You’re a spiritual being. You will live forever. When you tithe, you’re declaring you’re merely passing this world and that Heaven is your future home.
Step 2: Invest 20% in your Maturity. Your biggest expense isn’t your car or your home. Your biggest expense is your retirement. You don’t want to grow old and poor. You don’t even want to grow old and rich. (Believe me, thats not fun too.) You want to grow old, rich, and generous.
Step 3: Invest 70% in your Family. Don’t invest in things. Invest in people. Don’t invest in stuff. Invest in relationships. Because the best investment in the world isn’t bonds, stocks, oil, silver, or gold. The best investment in the world is love.
Let me now give you my 3 rules on enjoying wealth God’s way.
(To continue reading Bo's inspiring article, click here.)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

An OMG Moment -- Tonight's Answered Prayer

Dear Kristina,

There is a last stage in your spiritual life: To become a beggar-farmer. That’s when you come full circle. What does it mean to be a beggar-farmer?

When you hold your bountiful harvest in your hand, you realize how
everything—even the fruit of your labor—still comes from Me.

Go deep,

P.S. Kristina, at the end of the day, nothing belongs to you. Everything is a blessing—whether seeds or fruits. And you give it all back to Me.

Wow! That was quick. Thank you God! Yay! My bountiful harvest, I give back to you Lord Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Praise you Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This is our God the Servant King


Self-promotion may be an important means of moving ahead in the world but it is anathema in the Kingdom of God. The heart of the life of a disciple of Jesus is humility. Until we are able to lose our self-interest, it is not possible to progress in holiness. It is no mistake that this teaching of Jesus immediately follows one of the predictions of His Passion. It is in His Passion that we see the depth of the humility of Jesus, His willingness to embrace even death on a cross, and thus we learn humility’s central role in the life of discipleship and obedience to the will of God.

R: Alleluia, alleluia
The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R: Alleluia, alleluia

Mark 10:32-45
32 The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him. 33 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles 34 who will mock him, spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death, but after three days he will rise.” 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” 37 They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am
baptized?” 39 They said to him, “We can.” Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. 42 Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 43 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; 44 whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

my reflections
t h i n k : We need to learn to entrust our needs to the Lord and so give Him the opportunity to demonstrate His eternal faithfulness to us.