What do we perceive “the good life” to be? I think many of us would say the good life includes success, money, a nice house and nice material possessions. Our obsession with celebrities points to this definition. However, a study of Proverbs reveals something very different.
This month we are studying Proverbs at my church.
And it is kicking my butt.
Last Sunday, our pastor, Pete Wilson, talked about the good life being a life of wisdom and pursuit of the Lord – not about all that other stuff.
This really resonated with me. Is that how I define the good life?
You see, my husband Matthew left for Uganda on Thursday to experience what World Vision does for the people there. If the good life was all about fame and money for the people of Uganda, for most it would never be achievable.
Combine his trip with the devastation in Haiti…
Wow. The Lord is teaching me so much.
The “good life” is not about stuff. It can’t be. If it was, many people in the world could never have it.
In Proverbs 4:5-7 it says:
5b Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
It doesn’t say, get a bunch of stuff. It doesn’t say, get a big house. It says, get wisdom.
As I watch videos that Matthew has shot in Uganda and see images of bodies piled high, destruction everywhere and people crying in the streets of Haiti, it is hard for me to understand the complete scope of the poverty and despair.
But I know that the Bible is clear in its direction to love people and help the poor. So in seeking wisdom, I am working at loving better and helping by contributing funds to those in need.
We can contribute to so many organizations whose missions are to love people and help the poor, like this sweet little girl living in poverty in Uganda. A few organizations I believe in are World Vision, Compassion, Mocha Club, and Soles4Souls. All of them, and many more, are working tirelessly to serve people in Haiti, Uganda, and around the world.
Whatever we do, let’s seek wisdom in our lives. Love people. Help the poor.
What is one way you or someone you know makes a difference in the lives of others? It can be as simple as a donation or as involved as running a homeless shelter. Your testimony will (in)courage one another to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Peace be with you.