Sunday, March 15
Matthew 16:26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
What Benefit If You Gain the Whole World, but Lose Your Soul?
I went to work for the Defense Department in Charlottesville as a Contract Management Assistant. The job was okay but not what I wanted in life. The lady in the office next door said I was wasting my time and suggested I go to DC. Her daughter worked at NASA and could get me a position there. I went for an interview, then got a job, so off I went to the big bureaucratic city.
My position was a new one with nothing to do. I was totally bored and seeing that the Dept. of Justice needed help I went to interview for a position in the Litigation Section. I fell in love with the legal aspect but things didn’t always go so smoothly. I worked myself up to a Legal Technician and started going on court cases with my attorneys. I had always loved to travel but after spending several years in CA, two days, one week, two weeks, etc., off and on, in a hotel office we had set up, and then back to DC, this got old and tiresome. But, I was making a good salary and that was important to me at that time.
There was much office pettiness and jealousy; one of my promotions took six months and when the next promotion came up I didn’t even apply, I didn’t want to go through all that again. Things got so nasty that several times I told God,” I can’t do this anymore.” Each time I had my conversation with God, it got better for a while and then the same old pettiness and jealousy. This was not the Christian life I was used to.
My mother was getting older, was lonely and when I went to visit her, tired and worn out, I wanted to rest, she wanted to talk. This was not good either. Then my roommate decided she wanted her own apartment, and I was stuck with all the expenses.
One day while riding the bus from the Pentagon to my townhouse, I saw on the billboard a sign that I hadn’t see before but will never forget. It said, “What good does it do to gain the world if you lose your soul!” Boy was God speaking to me. Not long afterwards I quit my job, moved back home and moved my mother to live with me. I can’t say everything went smoothly after that, because we had our good days and our bad days together, but we made it and were both a lot happier.
Caroline S. Taylor
Prayer: I pray that others may learn that money is not the most important thing in life. God, their welfare, family, and happiness come first. Amen