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How to Eat, Drink and Be Merry the Right Way (Luke 12:13-21)

Hidden Nuggets Series #98 – “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry.” – Luke 12:19

eat drink and be merry“Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” is a popular refrain you may have felt or expressed at some point in your life. If you are like me maybe you said it as a joke when you were downing a pint of ice cream swirled with chocolate sauce. As some in recent years have expressed, “You only live once, right?”

Truth is there is great seriousness in the statement and the consequences of adopting this attitude are serious.

There are two basic elements to the “eat, drink and be merry” philosophy towards life:

1) we are all going to die, sooner rather than later and…

2) since #1 is true, then we should live for the moment, enjoying whatever pleasures we can.

But the issue goes even deeper than those two concepts. When we opt for the eat, drink and be merry philosophy we are choosing laziness, neglect of our responsibilities and a forfeiture of the future. We are resting on what we have accomplished and counting on that to sustain us indefinitely.

You may not know the phrase has its origins in the Bible, taken from a story Jesus told of a rich fool.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

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Customer Service Training Ideas: No Comments on How Much Food I Buy

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I love good customer service. When you find a store that consistently provides it for you it’s a thing of beauty. It’s obvious their employees have been through customer service training because they consistently focus on it day in and day out. I … [Continue reading]

Attention 9th Graders: Some Focus Right Now Will Make You Rich

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Thought I would perform a public service announcement today for the freshman out there starting high school this fall. I don’t have any good tips on how to avoid getting stuffed in your locker or fighting off that wedgie as you change after gym … [Continue reading]

What Happens When You Seek First the Kingdom of God

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Hidden Nuggets Series #97 - “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33 When your eyes crack open in the morning what is it you seek? What is the first thing on your … [Continue reading]

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Pay Back Student Loans

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Student loans have helped many pay for the expenses of a college education. Of course you need to repay those even if you don’t graduate. Fortunately student loans have what’s known as a grace period – a set time after you graduate, leave school or … [Continue reading]

How to Prioritize What’s Important When You Make a Budget

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I remember the first time my wife and I really tried to make a budget. So many expenses were coming to mind it was difficult to prioritize which ones were most important. We messed up many things in that first month’s budget and felt really … [Continue reading]

Should I Ever Get Rental Car Insurance?

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The first time I ever rented a car I was unprepared for a very specific question: “Would you like to purchase the insurance for that?” the agent asked. “I don’t know,” I thought, standing there with the deer-in-the-headlights look. My only thought … [Continue reading]

How to Best Invest 1,000 Dollars at Age 18


I recently had a conversation with a former student of mine who is looking to invest in the stock market. He’s in college now and has some money sitting around that he doesn’t need for school. He wanted to know if it was realistic or not at this … [Continue reading]

With God All Things Are Possible – Even Saving Rich People

With God all things

Hidden Nuggets Series #96 - “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26 On one occasion in the Bible a rich young ruler approached Jesus with a very serious … [Continue reading]

Why Parents Should Never Give Kids Money for A’s at School

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Parents (and now some schools) have used money as a tool to motivate their kids to do well in school. During my years as teacher and principal of a private Christian school, I knew about it happening at all levels, from kindergarten through high … [Continue reading]

The Big Reason You Need Disability Insurance


Most of us feel we are doing fine if we have the four horseman of the insurance industry covered: health insurance for our physical needs, auto insurance for when we drive, home/renter’s insurance for our property and life insurance to provide for … [Continue reading]