Greed-Just a Little More!

“Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
Luke 12:15 NLT

girl grabbing money

Jesus told the parable of a rich man who decided to tear down his existing barns in order to build bigger ones. He’d store all of his goods in these bigger barns and wouldn’t have to work for some time. Then, he’d eat, drink, and be merry!  Can’t you picture this dude sitting there on his wealthy behind marveling at how he’s achieved the good life?  His great plan was short lived. “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Luke 12:20 NLT

This man was so greedy that he wasn’t satisfied with what he already had. Have you ever been tempted by greed like that? I remember a time when I ditched my collection of shoes in order to buy all new ones. I really only needed to replace one pair of sandals that I’d broken but, I decided that it was time for me to just toss and replenish the whole lot. How hard could that be? My collection of shoes fit well and was still fashionable but I went from need to greed in a hot minute. I ended up waiting for years to properly rebuild my shoes to the right colors, styles, and types because I could not easily find the replacements after all.

Your ‘greedy thing’ may not be barns of goods or shoes. It could be any number of things. But the temptation to want more of everything is present in all of us. Aren’t we then somewhat similar to the man in the parable?

We can never really be free or satisfied by the stuff that we own—real freedom and satisfaction are free gifts that God provides to us when we humbly go to Him each day and ask for his grace and help. Only after doing that can we have the power to resist the strong temptation towards greed. For we read in Luke 12:21, “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Are you ‘God-poor’ today due to greed? You don’t have to be. Ask Him to take away your greed for material things and replace it with a desire for godly things. He wants to do it and will if you ask Him.

By grace through faith,


Are You Free?

“In him [Christ] and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (
Ephesians 3:12)

freedom_by_t4nsuThis time of year in America we celebrate at least three patriotic occasions between the end of May and the end of July – Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. As a member of a military family by birth, voluntary service, and marriage, my heart is tender towards the remembrance of those who sacrifice their lives, some even to death, so that we may enjoy the freedoms offered by our great nation.

There was a time when if I were to ask my friends if they are free, they would unhesitatingly tell me yes. Well, with the recent security challenges facing our nation, I still get the answer yes but with some level of concern as to how long this freedom will last. However, when I ask the same friends if they feel confident to talk to God about their concerns over freedom today, many of them answer no. Some feel that they cannot freely approach God because He is too busy, too angry, or not interested in them and their concerns. Nothing could be further from the truth! How sad it is that they feel freer in an uncertain world than with the certain God who created them and loves them.

God is not too busy, angry, or disinterested to see you free. He sent his very Son, Jesus, to bear our burdens and be The Way, the only way, to true and lasting freedom. He has already fought the battle for us. And guess what? He won! Do you want this freedom for yourself? Surrender your fear and humbly ask Him for it. He’ll give you the faith and confidence to walk in true freedom today and forever!

This summer I’ll remember that I have freedom in Christ!

Are You Free?

Rita Reid



In 1974 Coca Cola came out with a commercial song called It’s the Real Thing. This little ditty took the airwaves by storm for several years and had everybody in the country humming the tune and pattin’ their feet. “It’s the real thing … what the world wants today,” the young people sang. And so it is today. People everywhere are looking for something real …”the real thing.”

Click the link below, pat your foot along with me, and listen to the song. Then click back into today’s Dose of Encouragement as we start our week with a question. How do you know “the real thing” when you see it?



 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

John 17:17

Why is it so important to be the real thing – to listen and live in the truth? Look around. I think we’d all agree there is a shortage of people who are what they say they are and how is that working out for us? We live in an age when so many say whatever they want others to believe, whether it’s the truth or not.  Many think it’s okay to lie as long as it furthers their own agendas. So if we aren’t careful, we wonder who to believe.

Many are falling for a lie because they haven’t heard the truth – or didn’t listen to it when they did.

When my children were growing up, I’d tell them to do something and especially if they didn’t want to hear it, they’d keep doing what they were doing. At that point I’d clap loudly and say “Listen to me!” Then I’d get down on my knees, go nose to nose with them, and say, “I need your attention. Look into Mama’s eyes.” Pointing from their eyes to mine, I would know I had their attention. Well, hopefully. Sometimes I only had their eyes. Their thoughts were still on what they were doing before I pulled them aside.

Jesus had the same problem. Over 50 times in scripture He would say, “Listen!” For example in Matthew 13:3-9, he began his parable with “Listen!”  He ended the story 9 verses later with the phrase, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Over fifty times he said it. Why? Because He knew if we chose to listen and understand God’s Word, His truth, we would recognize a lie when we saw it. He knew we wouldn’t be so easily deceived. That’s why He said in John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”   

And again in John 8:32 Jesus says,

“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (HCSB)

And again in John 8:36:

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Knowing truth causes us to recognize hypocrisy and deception when we see it and to be free from it. And Christ wants us to be free in the truest sense of the word!

Until tomorrow,

Your Traveling Partner,