And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” (Luke 12:16-19)
There was a time in my early twenties when I was sad and unthankful. My motto was eat, drink, and be merry. Partying brought happiness for a moment. Yesterday, a member of my Christian writing group told about her gratitude journal. Giving thanks to God, she claims, lightened her heart and reduced her inflammation and pain. Researchers discovered keeping a gratitude journal leads to a reduction in systolic blood pressure, decreased stress, and increased success in achieving personal goals. Today I started my gratitude journal. I’m thankful for the wonderful husband God blessed me with, three loving children, new glasses that enable me to see clearly and having enough money to pay for them.
Today’s scripture asks the question. If I have surplus, what will I do? Should I share and be thankful or should I build a bigger house to store my stuff and eat, drink, and be merry?
Dearest Father in heaven, thank you for giving me more than I need. Help me focus on my blessings and have faith you will guide me through hardship. I give you my cares. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen