I have talked a little about minimizing my life and the reasons for doing so but I don’t know if I am ready to take the steps I think are necessary. A few weeks ago Todd over at Todd Hiestand.com talked a little about how a recent mission trip affected the way he thinks about his life. In an offline message I told him I could see him down the road that I stand at the head of but I fear taking steps to meet him.
The parable of the sower has recently had great affect on me in various ways. Jesus describes the thorny soil this way “The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.” I really worry that I am that guy. I worry a great deal about providing for my family and have many life decisions to do so. It could be that this is one of my greatest issues and the greatest problems in our country. We have entire groups of the church dedicated to this kind of lifestyle, seeking wealth and making it unfruitful.
I worry about making the wrong decision on what to do with the rest of my life but I realize that most importantly I don’t want to be unfruitful as far as the kingdom is concerned. Do I spend too much time looking at how to make money instead of looking at how to be fruitful? Can I cut superfluous expenses from my life to help brothers and sisters around the world who don’t even have water? Or must I hold on to the “American dream” of gathering as much money as possible to myself?