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Filthy Rich

By Clint Percefull - Children's Minister

We have always had at least one dog in our household for as long as I can remember. I love the companionship and how each dog has a unique personality. We currently have 2 dogs and they love to dig in the back yard. I am not sure what they are searching for, but they dig holes in very specific places. None of these holes are big enough for them them to lay in, but just big enough to cause problems when walking, mowing, playing, or doing anything at all in our backyard. A few days ago I decided to go buy a bunch of dirt to fill these holes, and I took my youngest son with me. We loaded up the car (by “we” I mean “I”) and after I got all 13 bags in the back my son asks me a question.

“Hey dad….are we filthy rich or dirt poor?”

I thought that was pretty funny and clever. I have now had more time to think about that and reflect on what a profound question that really is. Am I filthy rich or dirt poor? It is all a matter of perspective. If one is focused on earthly possessions and things of monetary value then it would be easy say we are closer to dirt poor than filthy rich. However, when we look at the blessings God has given us, the families we have, the church home we get to attend, the country we live in, etc we would fall into the rich category. Even the very fact that we serve a living and loving God who allows us to approach Him at any time with any burden or concern carries more value than anything we can accumulate here on this earth.

It is easy to look around and see things that we want, or desire and these things are not inherently bad. It is also easy to overlook the riches we have in Christ. Choose to live the filthy rich lifestyle.

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