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Thinking Through the Gospel of Matthew Day 13 - Hey! What's Stopping You from Growing?

Matthew 13:22 - Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.


There was an article in the Wednesday, June 26, 2002 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette by Michelle Singletary titled “How Much is Enough in the Pursuit of Money?” She began by writing about Karen Hughes, counselor to President Bush, who decided to leave the White House so that she could return home to Texas and spend more time with her husband and teenage son. Turning down the pursuit of fame and fortune for family is a radical concept these days.

Ms. Singletary quotes workplace consultant Pamela York Klainer from her book “How Much Is Enough? Harness the Power of Your Money Story -- And Change Your Life” in which she writes: “In our American culture money has moved to the center stage.” “Money, Klainer points out, ‘has gone well beyond its literal function as a way to provide for our essential needs and has become, in itself, an essential need. We’re working harder and earning more, yet we continue to be driven, restless, unsatisfied.’” Ms. Singletary also writes, “Klainer warns that for too many men and women vigorously pursuing money and success, work has become the center of their lives around which most other things -- friendship, volunteer service, spirituality and family needs -- revolve.” If money and “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth” are choking out your spiritual development, you need to restructure your life.

  1. For you and your family, how much money is enough?

  2. Take a moment to evaluate your life. Has money taken center stage?

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