My Children – One Day at a Time
Although ‘my children’ are already grown up ~ I pray that they will understand-learn that although some/most people measure excellence and success solely by the bottom line – the money they take home. Some put their hope in wealth (1 Timothy 6 :17) and build their lives to accommodate its pursuit. I pray that they will live their lives not on what they may be, but on who they could be in their lives. (Does this make sense?) … 🙂
I trust that I will have taught them to value many things above money. Scripture teaches not that riches themselves are evil but the value we place on them can lead to our undoing.
People who only want to get rich, fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9).
On the other hand, ‘godliness with contentment is great gain’ (1 Timothy 6:6). The apostle Paul’s charge to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:11-16 is to flee from the pursuit of riches and instead pursue godliness.
Paul further instructs Timothy to:
Command those who are rich … to put their hope in God …
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share (1 Timothy 6:17-18).
My prayer for my children is that whatever profession they choose in their lives, at the core, they will truly succeed by being godly and righteous children, full of ‘faith, love, endurance and gentleness’ (1 Timothy 6:11).
1 Timothy 6:17-19 ~ New International Version (NIV)
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.