Location: United States
I deal a few of small potatoes in Los Angeles for my daily living. Satan laughs at me. But I do not care about it. I know obsession with money is vain and deceitful. My honor is pursued as by a wind; my prosperity passes like a cloud. God has given me this small job as a blessing under the sun as a share of my life so as not to be rich, but rather poor to make me decent in spiritual life, and obedient before Him, tender for children, honest and humble to a man of sorrows and griefs.
I do not toil neither do I anxiously seek for the betterment of my life. I put consideration of struggle side way, because I know Heavenly Father always nourishes me. I receive instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in my mouth. And when in trouble, I always return to my Lord and stay peace with Him. By such, I will preserve my life and build up my spirit and good tiding will come upon me. One potato and one loaf. That meets my daily need to serve Him. I try to be spiritual, simple, and compassionate in a family life and bring joys to family members. Because this is where peace and happiness have to reside and this is what Father delights in. Life is wonderful when we are united with Christ.
I've educated in schools and met many scholars, but found nothing meaningful in life. I've met many rich people on the street, but found someone were deceitful and vanity was chasing after wind. I've met a strange figure called Christ Jesus, and was told that my life was already designed for His purpose and invited to follow the reality He shows.
One night Satan came to me in a dream from the shadow of darkness and spoken to me, "Hi George what are you doing over here? Your life should be terribly boring and useless. Please come with me, I'll take you to a wonderful dreamland and will give you whatever you want."
Satan smiled and declared to me;
"I give you intelligence & knowledge", but I refused them, because I'd rather remain unsophisticated and innocent so that I can keep away from a sin, death, and self unlike Adam and Eve.
"Then, I give you money & wealth", but I refused them, because I'd rather stay spiritual and poor so that I can be obedient and faithful onto God.
"Then, I give you prestige & honor", but I refused them, because I'd rather behave lower and humble so that I can be honored by God.
"Then, I give you power & strength", but I refused them, because I'd rather stay powerless and weak so that I can receive a mercy from God and become stronger in faith.
"Then, I give you woman & pleasure", but I refused them, because i'd rather preserve chastity and holiness so that I can keep my body clean and pure where Holy Spirit reside.
I responded to Satan;
"From God I have already supplied such an abundance of blessings as holiness of virtue and wisdom - splendor of beauty and truth - eternity of love and hope - and strength of faith and endurance. It's more than enough. What else do I need? I'm quite satisfied."
Satan then announced that he would give this world to rein and control by my dictatorship, but I refused his offer, because I've already received from Christ His life-giving Spirit which lasts in eternity and which is much bigger and valuable than any on this earth.
All of sudden, Satan got in raged and proclaimed, then what if I can be your slave and you can be my master; how's about that? I again refused his offer, because his life is only temporal until the kingdom of Millennium, and he is destined to be cast into the lake of fire; he is not allowed to enter the holy kingdom of New Jerusalem which lasts forever.
Then finally Satan drew closer and threatened me to slay my whole body into pieces. I responded to him that he can slay only my physical body, but he can't exterminate my spirit at all, because it belongs to God, and His throne is higher than a fallen archangel.
Satan disappeared in the darkness of shadow again.
"Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it"
Indeed, the fear of Jehovah, that is the wisdom, and the depart from evil is the understanding. What advantage does a man have in all his work which he does under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but earth stands forever, and flesh would perish together, and a man would return to a dust where it came from.
My hobby is to read Holy Bible and Classic Literature.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.