Contrary to what you assumed by the title, what I’m about to say has nothing to do with whether you should get a piercing. Septum, ear lobe, nose… You do you. If you’re looking for pain, have at it.

I want to talk about the spiritual and emotional piercing Paul addresses in his first letter to Timothy…

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

— 1 Timothy 4:10 (ESV) —

Contrary to popular belief, money is not the root of evil…the love of money is. It’s ok to have money and nice things; the problem is when they have us. When we crave money and its (passing) purchasing power, that craving will injure us deeply. Paul goes as far as to say it has shipwrecked some people’s faith and cause them to pierce themselves through with pain.

You don’t have to be pierced by damaging effects of greed. Ironically, the best way to fight greed is by faith-filled giving. If you want to avoid the piercing pain of greed, give generously. Generosity reminds us of Who the money belongs to and Who our Provider is!

I guess what I’m trying to say is… if you’re going to get pierced, stick with your ear or your nose, not your soul!

K E V I N • M I L L E R

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