No man can serve two masters
In one of my past lives as a child, my parents owned a beach shop in Hoek van Holland and I helped them in our shop and grew up on the beach. Apart from all the ordinary mayhem, I had a wonderful childhood and my Mum was there for us always, we were very blessed. Neither of my parents was overly ambitious, both were happy to take each day as it comes and just to raise their kids.
Working too hard … too many masters
Later on in my life as a wife to a medico, I managed the medical centres which we owned and this was an extremely stressful and hectic life. Neither one of us did this for the money. My husband as a doctor simply did what he did best and I as the wife helped out where I could. Because of our position, money flew in readily and out just as easily.
When my health crashed spectacularly I sought out the Lord with all my soul and all my heart and all my might. Cheap isn’t it? Only when I was down did I get back to my roots and prayed my heart out. This is when I learned that unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.
I never actively pursued money. In fact I chose to be there for my kids like my Mum was there for my brothers and sisters and I. This meant that I had a full-time job managing our clinics at the same time as being a full-time Mum educating our kids myself. This no doubt contributed to my crumbling health.
What I learned during the dark times is that no-one can perform two full-time jobs at the same time. I tried and I did and eventually I failed and paid for this dearly with my health.
Even though I was not pursuing wealth I was serving not two but three masters. My husband, our clinics and my children and all pretty much 24/7.
With God there is hope
With God there is hope however and what He says always works in my life. O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. I learned that I had my loyalties mixed up and nowadays I run everything past my Creator before I commit to anything.
The full verse from this week’s Scripture Card reads:
If you find yourself playing catch-up from dawn to dusk, have a quiet moment and ask yourself, ‘Who are you serving?’ and ‘Is this who you want to be serving?’ Do you have love, peace and balance in your life?
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
The excerpt from the sermon on the mount then continues to tell us that it makes no sense to worry about anything at all other than seeking the kingdom of God first of all. The chapter in Matthew 6 finishes off with,
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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