Reading the scriptures is a great safeguard against sin.

—–sayings of the desert

The importance of a proper perspective on life can never be overstated. I once heard the story of an old Navajo Indian in Arizona who became a very wealthy man when oil was discovered on his land, but wealth did not change him. He went on living just as he had before while the money piled up in the bank. Every now and then, however, the old man would visit the bank and say to the banker, “Crops all dried up; sheep all dead; cattle all stolen.” The banker knew exactly what to do. He would take the old man into the vault, seat him at a table, and place several bags of Jesus teachingsilver dollars in front of him for him to count. After a while the man would come out and say, “Crops fine; sheep all alive; cattle all back.” Why the change? He had simply reviewed his resources and reminded himself of what he had to fall back on. This is what believers must do when the pressure comes. When we feel like complaining and murmuring, let us remember who we are in Him and what He has promised us for times of stress.

 Not many people who read these words will have an oil well that pours money into your bank account everyday’ but we have something far greater. We have the wealth of the Creator. His promises can relieve all anxiety and stress to those who trust Him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

——Jesus of Nazareth

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