The Tragic Folly of Throwing Money Away

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 5

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

–Luke 19:41-42 (ESV)

Submission to the order of God: this is the true philosopher’s stone. It turns all our activity, all our boredom, all our suffering, into divine gold. How happy people would be if they understood this! People would take so much encouragement from this one thought: To enjoy friendship with God and all the glories of heaven, there is nothing more to do than what they are already doing, and nothing more to suffer than what they are already suffering. The very things that people consider worthless, the things they let go to waste—what great holiness they could buy with the things they throw away instead!

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

The way of abandonment is about recognizing and appreciating the present moment, and letting go of all else to receive that moment directly from God. As we continue down this path with Jean Pierre de Caussade, we will hear a lot about the present moment. This is necessary. If someone you loved had the habit of throwing money away, you would talk to them about the value of money, and the many better uses for it. You would have this conversation not once, but until they stopped throwing money away. And so it is with us. We must wake up to what we are wasting. This is a path, a journey we take step by step, and we need frequent reminders to keep moving forward.

By experiencing each moment of life and responding according to your duty, you are paying a price for deeper spiritual maturity and personal holiness. But you must see it this way for yourself. You must learn to buy holiness with the moments you are accustomed to throwing away.


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Daily Guidance and Encouragement for Living in the Presence of God
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