10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)
Give everything you’ve got in everything you do. Don’t do things half-heartedly. If you’re going to do it, go all out. That’s what it’s saying in this verse. You might as well do it big, because you might regret it later.
17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT)
From the Life Application Bible:
Ephesus was a wealthy city, and the Ephesian church probably had many wealthy members. Paul advised Timothy to deal with any potential problems by teaching that having riches carries great responsibility. Those who have money must be generous, but they must not be arrogant just because they have a lot to give. They must be careful not to put their hope in money instead of in the living God for their security. Even if we don’t have material wealth, we can be rich in good deeds. No matter how poor we are, we have something to share with someone.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)
From the Life Application Bible:
David calls us to delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to him. But how do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. Thus, to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of God’s great love for us will indeed give us delight.
To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything – our lives, families, jobs, possessions – to his control and guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust in him (37:5), believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. We should be willing to wait patiently (37:7) for him to work out what is best for us.
9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
We can make all the plans we want to, but God is the one who gives us step-by-step directions. Follow God’s plan. Don’t take things into your own hands. That’s when things begin to go wrong. God knows best. God knows the end from the beginning. If you’re completely lost, just ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, to guide you, and teach you in the things of God. God always answers prayer and he’s always speaking. But are we listening? Get the play-by-play from God today.
6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.
John 21:6 (NLT)
We serve a faithful God! We serve a God who cares about the little things. He cares about the details of our lives. And He cares enough to take care of us. He wants to bless us. He wants to see us in the overflow. So just cast out your net! He’ll fill the net. He’ll do the work. All you have to do is obey. And the fish will be there. Your needs will be met. Trust in Him. He’ll never let you down.