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Friday, May 9, 2014

Life lesson #9 on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
How do you define true wealth?  Is it the things you possess? The financial investments you have made? 

The scripture (I Timothy 6:7-10), says that we came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world in the same manner.  It’s what we do with what we have in the in-between time that really matters. 

If you have had the opportunity to travel on a mission trip out of the United States, or perhaps on a vacation to another country, it doesn’t take long to see how wealthy we are as Americans compared to other societies in this world. 

While in Honduras, it was quite evident the stark difference between those that might be considered the “haves” and the “have nots.”  Houses contrasted from lean-tos in slum areas, to moderate concrete dwellings, to luxury homes surrounded with rod iron fences.  

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I remember specifically a home on the beach in a small fishing village.  If the house was  in the States, it might not meet building codes; yet, there it stood surrounded by mountains in the background and the Caribbean Sea at it’s front door.  Outside the house stood a young woman hanging her laundry on a clothesline while her children ran around and played in their front yard on the beach.  Amazing!  Here was this precious family living in this simple dwelling surrounded by all of this natural beauty; seemly content and happy. 

And then, I had this thought..in the States, this would be considered prime waterfront property where only the very wealthy could afford to build a home.  A home unreachable to most of us. 

So, really who is wealthy in this situation?  In a way, as I stood there on the beach watching the children play, I was almost envious of this dear lady’s surrounding and the simplified life she was living.  Imagining what her daily routine must look like waking up to such beauty and then perhaps fishing for awhile for lunch or dinner that day or walking to pick up a few things at one of the local shops in her village. And yet, the reality of it is...like all of us, she has needs too.  Needs that may be greater than we can even imagine.

How is it possible to live a simplified life where the demands of this world don’t control us?

What would it be like if we didn’t have to rely on money to have the basic needs in our life met?

When we see others prospering more than us, are we envious?

What would it take to make a mid-course correction to evaluate where we are and what we can let go of? 

What steps might you take to invest in the most important things in your life?


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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry


At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


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