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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)

TITLE: Poor - Dude Bring It On!
By L.M. Lee
10/26/04

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Okay, who in their right mind wants to be poor? I know my sanity has been under careful consideration more than once, but for the sake of argument...I certainly don’t. I don’t care if Jesus said He was anointed to preach to the poor {Isaiah 61:1}. Oops...did I say that out loud? Yikes! But I'm honest if I'm nothing else...I don’t want to be poor!

Or do I?

What exactly does being P-O-O-R entail? Does it mean living in a cardboard box, eating out of a dumpster, wearing newspapers and bathing in the sewer?

Is that poor?

I guess that is one definition of poor. I decided to ask Mr. Webster. He always has the “definitive” word {a-hum, pun intended} on every subject. He says – and I quote:

1. Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions.
2. Lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
3. Not adequate in quality; inferior: a poor performance.
a. Lacking in value; insufficient: poor wages.
b. Lacking in quantity: poor attendance.
5. Lacking fertility: poor soil.
6. Undernourished; lean.
7. Humble: a poor spirit.
8. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.

Well that was certainly encouraging. Wants to make a fella run right out and swear off free enterprise for a lifetime…yeah, right…I know… what have I been smoking?

But what can you say about P-O-O-R that hasn’t already been said a million times? We’re blessed if we’re P-O-O-R in spirit. We’re to feed and clothe the P-O-O-R if we want to serve Jesus. We’re to fight P-O-O-R-overity. Basically P-O-O-R is bad. Obviously rich is better.

I have noticed that P-O-O-R is a relative term on the sliding economic scale depending what rung of the Ladder of Success you happen to be hanging from at the time. That being the case, everyone is going to be rich for a variety of reasons and under certain conditions at different periods in time. Does that make everyone P-O-O-R by default at some other point in their life?

Hum…

I went to my prayer closet. I locked the door. I turned the stereo up full volume…and I waited to hear from God on the subject. Believe it or not, it actually works. You would be amazed at how well God can be heard through the vibrations of Third Day, MercyMe or Hillsongs!

What did I hear?

Not what I expected. Of course, what is new about that?

Here is the first things I heard regarding P-O-O-R:

Pridefully
Overbearing
Obnixously
Rude

Pitifully
Onery
Occasionally
Repentant

Picky
Objectional
Offensive
Rascal

Ouch! That hurt!

But then He reminded me I have the power to choose because the Spirit of God is alive in me. Then He gave me some beautiful options:

Purposefully
Ordained
Outstandingly
Righteous

Pure
Obedient
Open
Receiver

Prespective
Optimist
Origin
Rhema

Planted
Only
On
Redeemer

Prayerfully
Occupied
Observing
Relationship

…well I think you get the idea. You should go lock yourself in your prayer closet, pump up the volume and see what He tells you!

Probably
Ordinarily
Outright
Ridiculous

…but then again!

Have a great day and be P-O-O-R!

© 10/26/04 Lissa M. Lee


Member Comments
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darlene hight11/01/04
Very Creative! Loved it!
WENDY DECKER11/01/04
I agree, very creative. Nice job!
Corinne Smelker 11/01/04
Lissa, you never fail to amaze me with your ideas, and your creativity. And this is one of the best yet, (in my poor/humble opinion).

Well done!
Lynda Lee Schab 11/01/04
This one was R-I-C-H with creativity and imagination!
Great job!
Blessings, Lynda
Deborah Anderson11/01/04
This was very clever indeed! God bless you.
Mitzi Busby11/01/04
Lissa, Great insight.
John Hunt11/02/04
Very creative. A pleasure to read.
Nicely done.
Marcell Billinghurst11/02/04
Very creative reflections on the subject of being poor.
A good perspective
Very well done.
Glenda Lagerstedt11/03/04
Planted Only On Redeemer! Each one of your creative expressions here is a gem, but this one I am commiting to memory. It almost gives me chills. Lissa, you are just so original. I love your work.
Norma OGrady11/03/04
very creative
very well done
Yeshua bless
Norma
Melanie Kerr 11/04/04
Pure Obedient Open Receiverwas my favourite bit there. They whole thing was very humourously written. I shall have the chat with Mr Webster more often and play my music really loud and maybe...just maybe I wil get to write as good as you do!
Debbie OConnor11/04/04
Fun! Very enjoyable read.
Roberta Kittrell11/05/04
Lissa, WOW! You surely captured it or, should we say, God surely got to you and all of us!
Rita Garcia11/06/04
Lissa, Love your creative take on this weeks writing challenge. And I will accept your challenge, to pump up the volume and listen. Blessings, Rita
Jodi Hodge12/09/04
Enjoyable article. I like your light humor and the different ideas on poor. thank you