Friday is my online marketing day. This morning, before work, I read James 4:13-James 5:5. The verse begins with not boasting about tomorrow, making plans, or making money. Marketing is my least favorite part of writing and owning two small businesses.

God knows and supplies all my necessities, yet I need to wisely utilize resources. Marketing tools are part of those resources. I sometimes become preoccupied about tomorrow’s plans, tomorrow’s budget.

I paused to chuckle when I read James 5:5, “You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.” Just yesterday, when I logged onto the computer, I had to reset a password and remember a handful of other codes simply to begin my workday.

Mid-frustration, I thought, “Christina, if you didn’t have a computer, internet, electricity or health to do your job, passwords would become a mute-point.” If the author James had been listening to my woes, I wonder if he’d consider my irritation as a result from living in luxury and self-indulgence.

What if I don’t have tomorrow? What if I didn’t have today’s luxury of technology? How would I modify my plans and priorities today? I believe I’d be changing more than a password!

Lord, install updates to include actions that line up with Your password. Help me access Your codes. You have programmed me to be an author and encourager for You. Remind me now, not later, that You are the Universe’s Mainframe.

Updating, updating, updating from the lily pad of life,


Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:13-14). 

You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence…” (James 5:5)

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