Summary: The testimony of a fool! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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Reading: chapter 12 verses


This week I read a little prayer that someone prayed…

• “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my house, my home to keep.

• I pray my stocks are on the rise, and that my analyst is wise.

• That all the wine I sip is white, and that my hot tub’s watertight.

• The steak I eat will not be tough, that all my sushi’s fresh enough.

• I pray my mobile phone still works, that my career won’t lose its perks.

• My microwave won’t radiate, my caravan won’t depreciate.

• I pray my health club doesn’t close, and that my money market grows.

• If I go broke before I wake, I pray my Volvo they won’t take.”

• This funny little tongue-in-cheek prayer:

• Represents someone’s idea of what’s important in their life.

This uncomfortable little passage from Luke’s gospel:

• Forces us to look at our lives and ask ourselves that question;

• “What is really important in life?”

Our Bible passage this morning tells the story of a man who has plenty;

• In fact more than plenty;

• Everything in his garden is rosy! He is enjoying what we call ‘the good life!’

Need to pause here:

• Because some of you are saying; ‘lucky old him”.

• You may feel that this story does not apply to you this morning.

• After all, you may have a pile of bills that need paying;

• You may have a gig mortgage & a monthly wage that is in desperate need of an increase!

That might all be true;

• But this story can very much apply to you and me because we are actually very rich.

• We live in a country, with one of the highest living standards in the entire world.

• The life we enjoy is far above and beyond most of the world can hope for;

• They can only imagine what we so often take for granted!



• If you have had an education and know how to read,

• Then you are more blessed that over two billion people in the world;

• That cannot read anything at all.


• If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,

• You are more blessed than the million people who won’t survive the week.


• If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back,

• A roof over your head and a place to sleep,

• You are richer than 75% of this world.


• If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change lying in a dish,

• You are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.


• And if you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,

• Arrest, torture, or death,

• You are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

It’s amazing how humbling this realization is;

• To know that the poorest of us in this room;

• Are richer than most of the rest of the world and yet so often we are still not content!


• Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote,

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