Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

This Costco is not our home

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On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.Isaiah 25:6 (NIV)

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV)

213kpigLiving with four women in the house means that we go through a lot of toilet paper. With three children, it also means there is a 60% chance that the roll won’t get changed when they run out, and for some reason whenever I get there I always end up being the one who gets stuck with no roll.

We began running out so frequently that my wife decided to solve the problem by gigantic rolls of toilet paper in gigantic Costco size packages.

People seem to love Costco, and it’s why they also seem to have stores everywhere now, but there is very little that I ever want to buy there. For example, the 5-pound jar of beef jerky is just too much temptation for me to stay up all night eating the whole jar and playing video games with several bottles of Coke.

You would think with this Costco obsession that many people have nowadays that we could really get behind the word “abundance”. However, they way it’s described in the Bible is truly unfathomable even to our Costco-size appetites.

When you walk into Costco, you can barely see the back of the building or the other end of the building through all the people and the industrial size shelving, but you know it’s there, because those walls are what is holding up the roof of the place.

However, God’s version of abundance truly has no limit. You can’t see the walls. You can’t see the ceiling. You better check that your feet are on the floor while you’re at it. God’s abundance just goes on and on and on and on.

God’s abundance in my life struck me today… literally. I hit my head against the wall of the men’s room. I’m okay, but I think everyone needs such an experience to know that even though we are tiny little specks on the timeline of human history, we have a big God who has it all under control.

How are you living your life today knowing that God’s abundance is there to meet your needs at all times?


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