The current series at Scottsdale Bible Church is on “Adjustments.” This Message is entitled, “The Irony of Losing.” It almost seems that no matter what I’m going through, Scottsdale Bible always provides me with a great, applicable message that helps me refresh and put things in perspective. I’d recommend it.
Work hard. As Americans, it’s just what we do. We are hard workers. We are driven. We are ambitious. Capitalism and the freedoms we are afforded in this country reward us for this. A lot of the world doesn’t like this. That’s not our problem. But as you are working hard and kicking ass (figuratively) in school, business, life, remember to have balance. Never lose yourself. Don’t compromise your soul. At the end of the day, and at the end of your life, money isn’t that important. It’s necessary, like air, sure. But remember that your integrity is more important that your net worth.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Here’s another great bible verse I like to read from time to time. Whenever I’m in tough times. When I feel the world is against me. When I feel that I’m in a social situation where I’m the outsider. When a woman I wanted to date not only rejected me, but threw her new relationship in my face for months, for reasons somewhat unbeknownst to me. When I’ve been in personal or professional situations in which I’ve let my guard down and people have taken advantage and thrown me under the bus. Whenever I feel flat-out attacked, period, I find strength in this verse (among others):
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
For more on this verse, here’s some good analysis: