The Convenience Trap (4)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Posted by Joline

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In the Poor House?

Proverbs 14:23. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.

Cutting corners? All talk no action? Hardly working but expecting great profit? You must be trying to locate Easy Street. A lot of us are. Who can deny that we all possess an inner desire for life to be easier? Somehow we've been duped into believing that we deserve it. Truth is, a "Cake Walk" is a game played at carnivals and fairs. 

The expectation that we deserve to live an effortless life is risky. It drives us to shirk responsibility or make personal comfort a goal. Only, if we approach life with an "entitlement" mentality, what happens when cancer creeps in? And finances fizzle? Or relationships reel out of control? What's left? Suddenly we are faced with the truth that our rich and luxurious "fun-house", is actually quite desolate and empty. 

The words "profit" and "poverty" don't merely describe the state of our bank accounts or the inventory of our material possessions.

Feeling poor in spirit? Emotionally drained and impoverished? Empty and tapped out? Thankfully, we do not have to live according to the "hand we've been dealt". Our lives are not a card game to the One who created us. Perhaps, it is time for a review of all personal "accounts". What fruitful deposits have you made recently?