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Rev. Rex Jarman

What money can't buy: a relationship with God

The book of Job tells us, ďMan that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.Ē

When we come into this world, we are all dealt a hand. Some of us get a good hand, some a fairly good hand and many one that is not so good.

Many consider a good hand in life as one with hardly a care in the world and lacking in nothing. So often, when we start at the top of what the secular world calls the good life, we donít want to know the Lord.

But if we are at the bottom, we more easily turn to Jesus. Nobody likes to start anything at the bottom, but we need to realize itís OK. Being at the bottom leaves us open to advice and help. We learn what matters.

I donít have a lot of money, but God has blessed me in so many ways. Money is nice, but some things money canít get for you. For example, my son is taking golf lessons, and the first day the instructor asked each student to tell his or her name, age, grade, school and what he or she wants to do when grown up.

My sonís first career choice was to be a professional basketball player, while his second was to be a preacher. When I heard that second choice, I was shocked. He knows how much time I spend during the week praying, preparing for Bible study, holding services, leading Sunday school, planning business meetings and visiting the sick. And that does not include driving 160 miles round trip to the church where I serve.

I enjoy doing what I do, but I donít wish this upon my son unless God calls him to do it.

I have a neighbor who has cancer and is not able to cut his grass and do other things he did previously. Iíve had my son use the push mower to trim while I drive the riding mower to take care of his lawn during his difficult time. I can feel him watching us mow, wishing he could do it himself. He is a really good neighbor but is not a big talker.

One Sunday evening, I had endured a rough business meeting at church and was feeling a little down on my way home. When I arrived, I found that the neighbor had sent me a note: ďDear Rex, Iím not much of a talker, as you probably have noticed. Therefore, Iím writing this note instead. I wish to thank you very much for the help with my yard. It may be no big deal to you, but it means a lot to me ... You are a very kind person, and I think of you as a friend.Ē

After reading the note, my spirit quickly lifted, much like the awesome feeling I had when I heard my sonís desire to be a preacher.

The real moral of this column is that money, no matter how much you have, canít buy what matters most. What really matters is knowing and trusting God and witnessing all of the wonderful things he can do through you.

The Rev. Rex Jarman, pastor of Grantís Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Carbon Hill, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for The Daily. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468.

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