Things that shouldn’t go together: urine and electricity, love and money

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A bizarre true story that illustrates a valuable message

Authorities believe a Washington man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a car crash. Roy Messenger was not seriously hurt after he collided with a power pole. He called a relative to pull his car from the ditch. He apparently urinated into a roadside ditch without seeing the wire, and the electricity made it's way... to his body.

It would be an understatement to say that urine and electricity don't go together. Separately they work fine and are useful, but apparantly they can cause a lot of problems when you put them together.

God says that there are two other things that work fine separately, but don't go together, that's love and money.

Love is wonderful. God is love. Jesus showed us what love is by laying down his life for us. Christian disciples are supposed to be characterized by love. I can't imagine a world without love, can you?

Money can be pretty useful at times too. With money you can buy stuff you need to survive and stuff you want and you can be generous by giving it back to God and giving it away to others in need.

But love and money should never go together. We must never "love money". Check out 1 Timothy 6:10

"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief."

Of course, no one actually "loves" money, do they?? I mean, I might really like money and work lots and lots of hours to earn it and keep it to myself and think about it a lot and wish I had more of it and never give any of it away..., but I don't really "love" money; do I?

Maybe I do. Maybe you do, or will in the future.

We who walk with Christ need to be very careful when it comes to money. Greed is the air we breathe. Our wallets are often the last part of the Christian life to be converted.

So don't be greedy, be generous. Don't hold tightly to your money. Look for opportunities to help others. Don't selfishly save it all. Be willing to share. And don't put your hope in wealth, thinking that lots of money is going to make you happy. Rather, put your hope in God, who richly provides everything we need for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

Urine and electricity don't mix. Neither do love and money. Use your savings to honour your Saviour, not serve yourself.

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