Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Sharing in the Boom? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Sharing in the Boom? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It hardly seems an exaggeration to say that these days everyone is preoccupied with the stock markets and their volatility. Someone is a multi-billionaire one day, and only a millionaire the next. But the consensus is that the economy continues to be robust.

It almost seems sacrilegious to mention that not everyone is doing well. But what about those who are not participating in this boom, or have lost money from unwise investments? What can they do?

I remember all too well a similar period a while back, when the daily news reports spoke about how great the economy was doing. But at home, my own economy was terrible. I had been self-employed for a year or so, and things had been going well at first. But then the cash flow dried up. Bills were mounting, and I'd been eating popcorn for several days because that was all I had left in the house.

The thought of changing my line of work didn't strike me as a valid option. So I turned to God in prayer even more earnestly than I had before.

As I prayed, I noticed a conflict. Part of me was convinced that I had to have money to survive. I needed food, and gas for the car. Another part of me, the praying part, was saying that I needed a better understanding of God, the divine Spirit, to live. I had learned from the Bible that God was the giver of life, and that as the children of Israel had learned in their years in the wilderness, He was an unfailing source of good.

At this point, I realized I knew a lot more about what I lacked than what I possessed. That is, I could have told you in minute detail what I didn't have; but I would have been fuzzy if I had to give you a list of what I did have from God.

So I started to think about how poor I would really be if I knew nothing about God. I began to acknowledge the strength, the comfort, the hope, the goodness, that I had felt during those weeks because I knew that I could turn to God.

The Bible says, "Seek ye me, and ye shall live" (Amos 5:4). It struck me at that time that all the life I had at that moment was derived from God. …

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