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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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The Difference Between Wise and Foolish Builders

Hidden Nuggets Series #90 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock…” – Matthew 7:24

Every builder knows you need a strong foundation to support a house.

wise and foolish builders

Build your house on the rock

A concrete slab works.

A poured basement wall placed on a footer works.

So do concrete blocks built on the same footing.

On the other hand, building a house that rested on gravel wouldn’t work in the long run.

Dirt would prove even worse.

It would be devastating on sand.

No one would conceive of building a house on something as unstable as sand, right? Without a solid foundation the ground would buckle under the weight of the house. The slightest storm would wash away the sand and cause the house to crumble.

Ironically though, we do this all the time because we fail to heed to what’s really true. And the contrast between wise and foolish builders is clearly seen in this story from the Bible.

Wise and Foolish Builders

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