I was sound asleep when I suddenly felt pain in my chest. It was just for a split second. I don’t know exactly how to describe it. It was like somebody gave me a quick strong pinch. Anyway, my wife who is a doctor checked my blood pressure and oxygen level. She said I was okay and told me to relax. But of course I couldn’t; I was worried.
Then this verse just popped into my head: “But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)
The realization dawned on me that I’ve been feeling a bit stressed lately and I haven’t been meditating on God’s Word as much as I should because I’ve been spending too much time watching Seth Godin interviews on YouTube and reading books like Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Work Week. The desire for more success and more wealth than what I already have was eroding my sense of peace and contentment. I didn’t want to miss out on all the success and wealth I could have if only I could really grasp and apply what these gurus had to teach!
Then I remembered another verse: “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” (Psalm 119:36) That’s the antidote! There’s more to life than money. Money isn’t everything. After all, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.” True, these may sound like cliches; but in circumstances like mine, they strike me as fresh and meaningful.