Most of us are forced to work out a financial budget. We have only so many dollars and so, we sort out the obligations we have from food to rent to travel and medical and subtract that from what we have coming in. My uncle used to say “so and so has a champagne taste but lives on a beer salary.” This was his way of pointing out what is obvious: too many of us live beyond our means.
I’m writing this not in order to have a financial discussion with you but in order to have you take the discipline of your financial planning and apply it to your attention span this week and month. And I’m doing so because what I see around me—not just in our church but in our community and country—are persons who spend nearly every dime of their time on the news, commentary and assorted media outlets. When a person lives beyond their means long enough, they are at risk of losing everything. When a person spends all of their time devoted to news and political information across a hundred platforms, it is little wonder that one day they wake up depressed, cynical, exhausted or all three.
Starting now, count out the time you have as change to be spent. If you have ten hours of time away from your obligations, how will you “spend” the change? Try not to spend all of it on the news or entertainment. Where can you spend the hours of your life? Here is how the Apostle Paul instructed the Philippians: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” [Philippians 4:8]
When you do that then the anger begins to dissipate and lessen, the bitterness is removed and in their place we receive joy and peace, wisdom and grace. Meditate, contemplate, fix your mind on truth, honor, justice, integrity—all manner of things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
~I hope to see you Sunday clothed in our right minds.