Tag Archives: Ecclesiastes

Why a $325 Million Contract Does Not Equal Happiness

Giancarlo Stanton. If you are a sports fan, you know the name. He is the Miami Marlins star outfielder that just signed a 13 year, $325 million dollar contract. To put it into perspective, this baseball player will make more in one at bat than my current annual salary! Every hour, he makes nearly $3,000 or $70,000 per day. That’s insane, and still some writers say he is underpaid.

stanton_signing.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxImmediately following his contract signing, he goes out and parties the night away. His exploits included attending a night club and drinking from a $20,000 bottle of champagne. I blush at the price of a milkshake at Steak n’ Shake sometimes. I can’t imagine paying more for a drink than for my family’s minivan.

You are probably wondering my point. Athletes sign exorbitant contracts all the time. See Kevin Durant, or this list when you have a spare second. You will wonder where the money comes from, and what in the world they do with all that coin (I know I would be tempted to put it all in gold coins and swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck). Big deal (pardon the pun) right? In the end, it isn’t a big deal at all. In fact, I think of the many athletes that squander their money, only to find themselves selling their Super Bowl rings, going bankrupt, or putting their mansions on the market.enter-through-the-narrow-gate-001

What is missing? I can’t help but think of Giancarlo Stanton after he wakes up from a night of partying. Did the money really give him the satisfaction he was hoping for when he picked up the pen to sign that monster deal? (Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 for the answer to that question)….

For those that didn’t take the time to read Ecclesiastes, I’ll give you the short answer “No!”. Money can’t buy happiness. In fact, even the hip hop community makes the claim “Mo Money, Mo Problems”. But yet people still buy lottery tickets, flood to casinos on pay day, and hope for that next promotion. But what does money promise? Nothing that lasts.

Although in Matthew 7, we learn that few will take the narrow road to eternal happiness. Many will take the broad road filled with shallowness, futility, and corruptible gains. While there was nothing wrong with Stanton’s contract per se, I just wouldn’t waste your time being jealous of it. For those who know Christ, your reward is much greater.  If you don’t know Christ, I encourage you to sign your life over to him…it’s a contract with no fine print, but many built-in incentives, it’s not performance based, and it lasts forever.

Matthew 5:12a – Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven

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Facing Your Fears – 3 common fears and steps to deal with them

What in your life takes you from bold to fearful? My guess is it comes down to three fears. Challenge yourself to face these fears, stare them in the eye, and let God have them. Which fear do you struggle with the most?

Fear #1 – Fear of manFEAR (2)

Do you struggle with pleasing others? When you feel like you have let others down, or not lived up to their expectation, does that devastate you?

When it comes to standing up for the Gospel, are you the first to run and hide? Do you take that stand, or do you limp back and forth from worldly to godly?

Do you compare yourself with others, in fear you don’t measure up? Whether it is your body image, your home, your bank account…it’s easy to let these things get you down when you fear man and man’s approval. Remember, that God looks at the heart.

Fear #2 – Fear of losing control

Are you a worrier? When things get out of your control, do you lose your boldness?

When you are in danger of a job loss, letting your kid on the bus for the 1st time, or you turn in your exam not knowing what will be your return grade…does fear enter your veins?

Do you feel like you deserve a peachy life? Does a bump in the road, no matter how small, take you completely off course?

Remember God being in control is better than you being in control. Remember you are not alone. And find purpose for your life…purpose that invests in eternity.

Fear #3 – Fear of the futureFuture

What do you have in your grips that would seem impossible to let go, if God were to ask you? Do you trust God enough to give him control of everything, including your, or does that scare the snot out of you?

Don’t you want to trust the one that knows the future, instead of denying His plan even though you cannot see past the current second hand on a clock? Trust God with your future.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – The fear that will take care of all other fears.

Solomon takes the entire book of Ecclesiastes – to look everywhere for answers, and this is his conclusion: FEAR GOD & KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

With all due respect to FDR and JFK, I have to disagree. The only thing we should fear is God, the Lord himself.

Today, let go of your fears, and let God. Let God be the one you seek to please, Let God take control of your life, and Let God guide your future.

(These fears are taken from the fears of the prophet Elijah, in I Kings 19)

 

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