One day Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, picked up a newspaper. There to his dismay, he read his own obituary. Alfred’s brother had died, and a reporter had mistakenly thought that the great industrialist had passed away. But the obituary gave Nobel an even greater shock. The reporter had described Nobel as the typical money-grubbing industrialist whose only concern was to accumulate wealth, with little consideration for the rest of society. Nobel took action to change this image. He endowed a foundation that established prizes for people who made outstanding contribution to human culture and welfare. The most famous of these is the Nobel Peace Prize, given annually to the person who does the most to promote peace in the world.

No other nation in all the history of the world has enjoyed the physical blessings that our country has known. God has given us great natural resources and freedom. God has allowed us to create wealth unparalleled to any country. But our true wealth is not measured in terms of these physical things. True wealth is measured by how we use these things. When we have physical possessions, are we tempted to trust in them for security rather than in God? We saw how volatile the stock market was several years ago, where fortunes can be made or lost in a matter of minutes. The Dow Jones dropped over 200 points two days in a row before reaching a high of more than 14,000 points. The stock market shows us how fragile things really are. Last February, the Dow Jones was 1400 points and at the closing on August 2, 2013, it was 15,658.

We have a responsibility to use our abundance for the welfare of persons less fortunate than us. Does our faith in God reflect the practical matters of life? Jesus loves us.

Submitted by Pastor Earnest E. Tate, Peace Lutheran Church

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