Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5 NRSV)
This was written in a will: "The list of my assets is stored in my computer hard disk. If you want to avoid family troubles, you'd better turn on the computer now, and pull it out. I've set the deadline, so the data will be destroyed if you wait too long." -- Masahiko, teacher.

Jesus encountered a family plagued with inheritance problems. He was teaching one day when someone called from the crowd, "Sir, please tell my brother to divide my father's estate with me." Now we are not given the juicy details behind this family controversy. Maybe Papa died without leaving a will. Or perhaps there was some subterfuge as in the story of Jacob and Esau. However, the man's request was not totally out of line. Jewish rabbis were often called on to serve as judges and settle disputes. But Jesus replied, "Man, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that? Beware! Don't always be wishing for what you don't have.


Dear God, help me to be satisfied with the blessings you have given to me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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