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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expand (07/18/13)

TITLE: Expanding our Riches
By Edmond Ng


    Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. (Luke 12:18 NAS)
When a Canadian business decided it was time to expand to the United States, it thought it was the right way to move forward. According to an article of February 24, 2013 at FailFastSucceedFaster.com, Harry Rosen Inc., a Canadian chain of men’s high-end fashion stores, thought it had to grow to become a larger market player. So during the late 1980s or early 1990s, it made the decision to expand abroad. Shortly after it opened a store in Buffalo, New York, it discovered the retail scene in the United States was very different.

One of the biggest challenges Harry Rosen encountered was the need to constantly change who ran the store at Buffalo. The store was a very small part of the business, yet in order to get it to become successful, much attention was needed. In the late 1990s, the store was converted into a boutique as part of a business venture with Hugo Boss to open a number of stores in the United States. Business in Canada was thriving but operations in the United States were absorbing many of its key people and their attention despite losing money.

Eventually, in 2001, the decision was made for the business to exit the United States to refocus on its Canadian operations. Within two to three years, Harry Rosen recouped its losses and performed much better for its Canadian operations.

Like the story of Harry Rosen’s venture into expanding markets, Jesus told a parable of a rich man who contemplated to expand his barns to store more grain and goods (Luke 12:16-20). With the expansion, the rich man was hoping to lay up plenty of crops for many years and take life easy; eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you.” So who would own what the rich man had prepared?

Expanding our business or financial standing is perfectly fine so long as we know the risks and are not storing up treasures for ourselves. Nevertheless, it is better for us to be rich toward God than toward worldly gains (Luke 12:21; Matthew 6:19-20). If we discover we are losing ourselves in this world or becoming too absorbed accumulating earthly riches, then we need to take steps to recoup by refocusing on God.

Let us never ever give up our love for the Lord (Revelation 2:4-5). Always remember the devotion of our youth, how we loved and followed Him (Jeremiah 2:2). Direct our focus on God that we may in all areas of our lives perform better (Hebrews 12:2-3; Isaiah 40:31). Fix our eyes directly ahead and our gaze straight. Give careful thought to the paths we take and stay steadfast in all our ways. Do not turn to the right or left; walk away from evil (Proverbs 4:25-27).

Dear Lord, thank You for the many blessings You have given us. We know that every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father. Help us be mindful Lord the Giver rather than the gift and not to expand our wealth to the point of losing ourselves. Restore us Lord as we refocus our lives and fix our eyes on You, that we may once again devote ourselves to love You more and more every day.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/25/13
This is a great metaphor. I live near Buffalo so the message really hit home for me. The people in Buffalo would be an entirely different group than those in Canada. It made me think how different Heaven will be from earth. Though that may have not been your initial message, God used your words to help me understand something I'd been struggling with. Great job.
Joanne Sher 07/27/13
Great analogy - and a well-written devotional. Thanks so much for sharing!
Brenda Rice 07/27/13
Your entry is well written and informative. Your message is vital to Christians all over the world. We do not live on earth's or man's economy; we live on God's. Seek first the Kingdom and Its riches and what you need as well as desire will come to pass. Thanks for sharing.
C D Swanson 08/01/13
Edmond! Congrats my friend.

God bless~
Colin Swann08/01/13
Congrats and well done with your EC win.
Linda Goergen08/01/13
CONGRATULATIONS EDMOND on your well deserved EC placing! This was such a great devotional...but I find all your devotionals are such a blessing to read, with such vital and powerful messages!
Danielle King 08/01/13
An informative article and great devotional. Congratulations.
Bea Edwards 08/01/13
Congratulations on winning with this well written analogy.
Genia Gilbert08/01/13
This is so good and true to scripture. Congratulations on your 5th place overall and #2 in level 3. Well deserved!