This week’s media has been dominated by the news that Sam Allardyce, the now ex- England Football Manager, had been forced to resign following an undercover sting by the Daily Telegraph. People have rightly asked the question, why would someone already wealthy and now earning a reported £3 Million per year risk everything for an additional pay-day? In truth, the answer is obvious. Greed! Yet having read the articles and listened to the phone-in’s I have quickly realised that the truth is; greed is so often a trait that we readily identify in others, but so often fail to see in ourselves.
So, by way of challenge, I leave you with the words of the Apostle Paul. I ask that you don’t simply give these words a cursory glance, but having read them once, read them again. Then you stop, reflect and ask yourself he question ‘can I say the same’? If not then in the words of Jesus, we may be guilty of observing a speck of dust in another’s eye, while missing the plank in our own (Matt 7:3).
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Phil 4:11-13)
Yours, please God with a thankful heart, Gareth