“If you didn’t have to worry about money…”

One day my mom and I went to lunch, and this “table topic” was sitting on our table.  And so we asked one another that very question.  Mom went first, and she answered that she would play the piano in nursing homes, rehab centers, etc and maybe even get a masters in counseling or psychology.  After all, my mom has an incredible talent for playing the piano, but even bigger than this God-given talent is her heart for the weak and the lonely.

Most people that know me well would describe me like this: firstly, that I am “Sweet Sarah” and secondly, that I am an idealist, a dreamer.  Excuse me now if too much of my dreamer side comes out here, but I have a question to ask:

Why is it a bad thing to dream big?

Why do we settle for the comfort of what we know rather than dare to do great things

for the glory of God?

I look at my mom, and I see her and all that she does.  She works day in and day out, yes, in a place that she enjoys, but I beg to ask the question: “Mom, why don’t you play the piano at home anymore?  Why don’t you go to a nursing home or to a hospice center on Saturdays to share your gift?  Is life so “busy” with what we “have” to do that we can’t do the things for which God has placed a desire in our heart to do?”

What is keeping Christians from living as God’s word requires?  If the issue is money, why don’t we sell the house and get a smaller one?  If the issue is our obligations, why don’t we prioritize what’s most important?  If the issue is stuff, then why don’t we clear out the clutter?  If the issue is safety, why don’t we see that we are sheep, and He is the great shepherd?  If the issue is reading parts of the Bible that make us feel uncomfortable, then why don’t we erase all that we know and start over again?  Why don’t we value a childlike faith?

Through Isaiah in chapter 55 verses 1-2, the Lord speaks to us today, saying:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

God is calling each and every single one of us today.  Do you crave something more in your relationship with God?  He is saying to you, “Come and drink!  I am living water.  I am life.”  He doesn’t want your money, and He doesn’t want your worldly success.  He who has no money, come and buy! That is the beauty of the Gospel: you bring nothing to His table yet receive everything in return.  But you have to bring nothing. All that you are laboring for, does that quench the hunger and thirst that you have?  He is offering to you the only thing that will satisfy: His blessing and His love.

Now I leave you with a question.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do?

Would you do what you are doing today?

2 thoughts on ““If you didn’t have to worry about money…”

  1. Hey Sarah. I had big dreams when I was younger, and maybe your mom can relate to this, but the reality and harshness of life, and all the responsibilities that come along the way, just took those dreams away. Now it’s really hard to get inspired to dream those dreams again. Now, I play at church and a few other places whenever I can, and that’s nice, but if I didn’t have to worry about money I’d play anywhere and anytime I could, for free.

    Thanks for making me at least think about that again. And keep asking your mom to play at home more. I’m sure she really wants to. 🙂

    E

  2. Good morning, Sarah, from Oregon, where today is a beautiful SUNNY day with clear blue skies…in the midst of the RAINY season!

    I loved this post. You wrote from something personal, something you knew – the best way to write. Now, about those hopes and dreams…life gets in the way. Time marches on so fast it takes your breath away. The first thing you know those small children are applying for college and all the things you “meant” to do took a back seat. But I agree with “E”, thanks for making us all take time to think about your question. I’ll have to give some serious thought to the answer on this one.

    Love and miss you,
    Aunt Dianne

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