Fame and Fortune are Fleeting

So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. – (Psalm 49:16-17, MSG)

 

All that is amassed on Earth is temporary, but the lessons and growth that are gained in our hearts are eternal. It is essential that we keep our hearts right in regard to those who seem to acquire much in the here and now. Of those who have much, much is required. We are called to be good stewards of whatever we are given. Rather than looking to another who seemingly has more in envy, there ought to be a sort of recognition that there is great responsibility with greater resources. Instead of worrying about what others have, we ought to instead look to the Lord and inquire of Him as to how He wants us to best utilize what we have been given. If we have more resources than we need, how are we being called to use them? When we are known beyond our own small circle, how does He want us to best represent Him to others? May we seek the Lord and clearly see resources and recognition through His lens, so that we may honor Him with what is given while it is before us.

 

Do not be impressed,To Reflect His Radiance

With fortune or fame;

For they are fleeting,

Not something to claim.

Whatever’s done here,

Shall die at the grave;

Unless it’s of God,

And sharing His Name.

Seek first to be wise,

To learn to love well;

Value what matters,

So truth our lives tell.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that fame and fortune are fleeting, but all that is of You, lasts forever. Forgive us for being impressed or envious of those who have more than us, and teach us to see abundance and notoriety through Your lens. Show us how to utilize our resources to love and bless those around us, so that they can more clearly see You through us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we worry only about being known by You, and seek to honor You with all that we are given. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19

Great to God

image by Western Union

image by Western Union

To be great to God,

the last shall be first.

They who choose to serve,

and quench those who thirst.

If one is in need,

do we walk on by?

Pretend we don’t see,

turn away blind eye?

Jesus heard every

cry out for His touch.

Great His compassion,

He healed and loved much.

We ought not to be,

concerned with our clout;

but do we obey,

choose to trust and not doubt?

He does worry not,

of status nor fame;

instead it’s our walk,

what’s done in His Name.

May we choose wisely,

and learn to serve well.

Let our life’s story,

of His goodness tell.

(Responding to Matthew 20:20-26)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though You are the King of all creation, You chose to step down and clothe Yourself in humanity so that we would have a way to come before You, and know You, as we are known by You.  Thank You for Your sacrifice, that exchanged Your life for ours.  Forgive us for turning a blind eye to the needs around us, and help us to be ever listening and open to what You would have for us to do.  Thank You Jesus, that You modeled what it means to love without limits, to serve without concern for supply, and to trust God, because He is always good.  Teach us to trust, love and serve as You did, and may many come to know You as a result.  All glory and honor to You, God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present