Thought for The Day – Saturday 12th March


The Parable of the Rich Fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12: 13 – 21

If this portion of your existence will give you anything from 1 day to 100 or 110 years but the next portion of your existence is eternal, which one should you be planning for? People go through life accruing things which ultimately are going to be left behind. We put so much effort into getting more stuff when you cannot take one penny to the next life. That is true whether you are a pauper or a prince. Jesus made clear to his hearers it wasn’t wise to put all your preparation into just this life but that the life to come was even more important.

Another way to think of it is to take the long view. A smart person prepares for their pension, a wise person prepares for eternity. Which one are you?

Prayer: Father help my sight to be long, longer than even the veil of this world. Help me to consider eternity in thought, word, and deed. In all my deliberations help me to be wise about the future.

Action: Write 3 columns, now, future, eternity. Have a go at writing what you want for each. How will you achieve them?


This Thought was written by Norman Smith