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Luke 12:13-21, Happiness Through Relationships

Key Verse

Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus], ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’
— Luke 12:13-14

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, August 4, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Happiness comes in our relationships, our experiences, the betterment of ourselves, not in amassing wealth.

Recently I have been pondering my bucket list - you know, the things I want to accomplish, see, obtain, or do before I "kick the bucket." Here are some of the things on my list...

Learn Spanish. See Ireland. Sing at a funeral. Go skydiving. Sell a painting. Foster babies. These are just a few of the things on my list. I realize none of these will happen unless I make them happen. What strikes me most about my list is how few of those things are possessions to obtain. What I really desire is to amass experiences. Experiences make me who I am. And when I die, I want to love who I am, shaped by all my experiences, good and bad. I hope, when all is said and done, that I have made the most of my life, and have bettered the lives of others. Those are things I can take with me, and I plan to take as much as I can.

Jesus knew that our experiences – the things that make us who we are – are more important than the items we possess. When a young man came to Jesus asking him to arbitrate a dispute with his brother over inheritance, Jesus condemned the man for his greed. The man had chosen wealth over his relationship with his brother. Jesus might well have asked him, “What kind of person do you want to be – the kind that destroys relationships for money, or that lives modestly but with an abundance of love?”

Money has the potential to turn us into people we may not really want to be. We think money will solve all our problems. But happiness comes when we learn to be grateful for what we have. When we strive to be more, rather than have more. Happiness comes when we give what we have with those who have even less. Happiness is in our relationships, our experiences, the betterment of ourselves. Sure, sometimes money can help us to do those things. But we don’t need it to make our lives full.

What do you place as a priority in your life? Money or relationships?


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