Posted by: Darrell Johnson | January 27, 2010

There’s nothing left to lose (A December Blog)

“The Christian never loses, because the Christian has nothing to lose.”
-Richard Rohr

I had a lot on my mind the other night so I got in my car and took a drive through the city. While driving downtown, I thought about an argument that took place in our day shelter earlier that day. The exchange of words didn’t disrupt the other guests; it wasn’t loud, nor was it vulgar, it was just unfortunate. It was unfortunate to see two friends get frustrated with one another, it was unfortunate that the argument stemmed from greed and envy. But that’s to be expected (but not accepted) in this fallen world. The day was busy and the night drive was much needed…I covered many parts of the city; from poorer neighborhoods to very affluent neighborhoods. While at a stop light in one of the more affluent neighborhoods, I found myself behind a Mercedes that looked like it never saw a rainstorm or ever touched a gravel road and in the left lane came a nice sports car. The two cars revved up there engines beneath the red light and the two drivers exchanged some words (they didn’t seem to be too pleasant), then once the light turned green the two cars peeled out and raced one another down the street. As this took place one of the cars carelessly swerved in the other’s lane to secure its position in front of the other vehicle. It was something of a cross between a NASCAR race and a Grey Poupon commercial gone bad. Needless to say it wasn’t necessary.

It’s funny how God can remind you that no matter what your socioeconomic status, we are are all subjected to sin. And that when we fail to recognize Him as our Lord, the one who gives and takes away, we then see  our own ability and understanding as God-substitutes.  It’s not a money thing, it’s a sin thing.

“We live in a world where lust and greed motivate hearts, not what God intended the heart to do. We live in a world where all of these things touch all of our lives. No relationship is free of disappointment. No institution is totally free of corruption. No location is free of difficulty. No moment in our lives exists untouched by the fall.” — Paul Tripp

BETTER is a poor man who walks with integrity
Than he who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.

(2) Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who makes haste with his feet errs.

(3) The foolishness of man subverts his way.
And his heart rages against the Lord.

PROVERBS 19:1-3

OH LORD, guide us all.
-Amen.

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