Encouraging Truths for Senior Living: Wise Investments, Part I

Practical devotional thoughts written by Doug Beyer, Atherton Resident since 2011

James 1:9-10

Those Christians who are poor must be glad when God lifts them up, and the rich Christians must be glad when God brings them down. For the rich will pass away like the flower of a wild plant.

Questions for reflection:

  • Is God lifting me up or bringing me down? Am I glad about it?
  • Since life is as temporary as a summer flower, what am I doing today that will last?

Thought for today: 

Rich or poor, all we have is but a short-term loan that we must pay back in full. As Job said, “Naked came I from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return” (Job 1:21). “You can’t take it with you,” is folk wisdom that is true. Hearses don’t drag U-Haul trailers. Shrouds don’t have pockets. Throughout the ups and downs of today remember to rejoice that it is God who gives both. He gives you the ups to encourage you and the downs to teach you. They are his training ground for eternity.

How is it possible to cultivate such a mindset? The psalmist tells us to number our days. Perhaps it would be a good exercise to make a realistic guess at how many days we have left. It will remind us that life is fleeting, and everything that we can see or touch is temporary. Making investments in eternity is the only wise plan of action.