December 12, 2017 – Tuesday
1 Timothy 6:10 [NIV] For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
As a single mother, money is always tight. It is especially tight in this season of Advent. You know what I’m talking about. Christmas gifts. Christmas wrapping. Christmas cards. Christmas stamps. Christmas tree. Christmas cookies. Special Christmas delights to take to the office Christmas party. It all adds up. I get anxious for more money, and I start to think about a second job – or even a third job – during this Advent season. If I’m not careful, it’s easy to start loving money more than needing money.
But scripture reminds me that the love of money leads to all kinds of evil. For those very desperate, it can lead to drugs, prostitution, robbery, strip-dancing, and gambling away that which you don’t have. For less desperate, like me, the love of money can easily distract from the anchor of Advent – the anticipated birth of Christ.
As you go to work this morning, remember the anchor of Advent. Do not let a need for money turn into a love of money. Or else, you will miss the love found in this season.
Dear Lord, shield me from greed. Help me protect my faith. Help me remember You are the anchor of Advent and, as such, You will supply my every need. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Logan Dickens, MPA
Special Projects Analyst
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Richmond, Virginia USA