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£3 Worth of Evil Please


I’d like to buy £3 worth of evil, please. Not so much as to harm my reputation nor enough to make an addict out of me. I don’t want to make the evening news or to end up in prison.  In fact, please give me only the mild, harmless variety as I’m often complimented on my manners and would like to keep them finely polished. I want just enough evil to allow me some revenge on the ones who hurt me. After all, they certainly deserve it.  It’s justice really. Okay… if I have any leftover perhaps I’ll indulge in a small, forbidden pleasure. It’s not so bad and I’m pretty sure no one gets hurt. What is the best way to consume this anyway? Should I ever mix it with something good to help balance it?  If I mix in a complaint about bank CEOs will it erase the guilty aftertaste when I’m stingy with my own money?  
Yes, just a small $3 amount. I don’t want so much evil as would disturb my sleep beyond what a cup of chamomile tea can fix. Yes, please just put my evil in that unmarked paper bag…

How To Measure Your Life

Are the things we living for worth Christ dying for?
Jesus tells us how to avoid living hollow lives.  He shows us in both his teaching and example how to experience life to the full.  He says, “Don’t store up treasure on Earth where it can be destroyed, instead lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.” 
The way to gain our lives is by offering them up in sacrificial service to Christ. Only those things we lay in worship at Jesus’ feet will be with us in eternity. On the flipside, we will lose those dear places, precious things and tight relationships which we won’t let go of when called to. When we do lose our lives, we will reap many times over. The Master has promised us: 
“Everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have…