The following is an excerpt from Max Lucado’s

The Cure for the Common Life:  

The bank sent me an overdraft notice on the checking account of one of my daughters. I encourage my college-age girls to monitor their accounts. Even so, they sometimes overspend. What should I do? Send her an angry letter? Admonition might help her later, but it won't satisfy the bank. Phone and tell her to make a deposit? Might as well tell a fish to fly. I know her liquidity. Zero. Transfer the money from my account to hers? Seemed to be the best option. After all, I had $25.37. I could replenish her account and pay the overdraft fee as well. Since she calls me Dad, I did what dads do. I covered my daughter's mistake.  When I told her she was overdrawn, she said she was sorry. Still, she offered no deposit. She was broke. She had one option, "Dad, could you…" "Honey," I interrupted, "I already have." I met her need before she knew she had one.  Long before you knew you needed grace, your Father did the same. He made an ample deposit. Before you knew you needed a Savior, you had one. And when you ask him for mercy, he answers, "Dear child. I've already given it."


I sometimes find myself wondering what it would be like to have so much money that there would be no way of running out of it in one lifetime.  What would it be like to have more money than you could spend? (Of course, I probably have that now if I could adjust the way I live, but that’s another sermon.)


The point I’m trying to make is that we have an opportunity to experience that kind of spiritual wealth.  We have a God who has provided “more than all we can ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20), who has “given us everything we need” (2 Peter 1:3).  We have more grace and mercy and providence than we know what to do with.


The question for us is: are we living that way?  Are we living the good life that God is calling us to live?  Or are we still laboring with great difficulty in the Kingdom of God.  I often think we make it harder than it is…


                                                                    — Robert