I read here quite a bit, but I signed up just to ask this question. Bear with me as I explain. I am called to preach. The Lord has given me an intense burden and desire after the calling to preach his words. I was called to preach in 1997 and have been doing so in the normal capacity: I went to Bible school, earned my degree in theology, was called over to a great church, where I now serve as the youth director (among many other things... it is a small "many hats" kind of church), and I've been here about 5 years or so and I really love it. I am part-time here, as there simply isn't enough to do to warrant a second staff member after the Pastor. I own a business that is doing well, and it is at the point that I don't really have to work, the staff does everything. I now have the opportunity to start a second business that I know will be profitable simply becaue it is a sister company to the one that is profitable now. It will take me about a year and a half to get it profitable and running without me. Then I'll start another business. And so on until the church needs me full-time which I will gladly do. So far so good. Except for one thing. I am called to preach. I am supposed to be a new testament preacher, yet I live like a king. I'm not a millionaire or anything, but I can't shake the fact that I live (and really, all of us americans live) in the lap of luxury. Even those among us who are struggling still live better than 99.9% of all the Christians who have gone on before us. And its not just about money. Its about time. We live in amusements and entertainments. Even if I go to work all day, then spend All day Sunday at church, Wednesday night at church, Friday at Youth Nights, Thursday at Visitation, Monday night is spent planning and calling and visiting church people, that still leaves Tuesday and Saturday and hours every night (after church work) to just sit around reading or watching tv or something. Here's the bottom line. Living in America right now, I have more money, food, time, opportunity, etc. than any Christian ever before, but what am I really doing with it? I feel like I should be spending every waking moment doing the work of Christ while this short window of time exists. I know there is nothing wrong with TV or Golf or fishing, but every time I do those things, I feel extremely guilty afterwards. Like, "what the heck am I doing?" I've heard so many people say that we need to enjoy what God has given us, but where is that in the New Testament? Where doe sit say we are supposed to sit around in amusements and entertainments? I guess the song sums it up: "Should I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas?" I could obviously use any help or encouragement that anyone could offer. Thanks!