Friday: Psalm 73; Isaiah 39; Matthew 11.20-30

From: Lindsey Stringer

When I first read through Psalm 73, I thought... did I really get assigned this for the scripture reflection?!

It would be easy for me to read through it and think of someone else in particular as the wicked who "scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression." Someone else much wealthier than I is more "free from common human burdens." In fact, that's exactly what I did. 

But I would be remiss to not see a little of myself in the description of the wicked, especially since I live a comfortable life in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. A life filled with choices, leisure, vacation, and freedom from want.

I feel this tension. I want to draw nearer to the Lord, while also acknowledging my distance.

I am a Technology Director for a national non-profit trying to end educational inequity. I'm also a personal finance coach and writer. You'll often see me chasing down my two joyful children at church with my husband Clifton.