This week we lost a charm off my favorite bracelet, a piece of my son’s shoe just hours after purchasing them, my son’s vest for AWANA (church program), our Christmas tree (guess it never made the moving truck?)…and seriously I think I am losing my marbles! Sound like your week? Your life?
But really, it’s just STUFF. How very quickly can that stuff be gone. The very thing we take for granted can be instantly become ashes in a fire, be torn down by a tornado, be taken away for loss of finances or job.
In the Beth Moore study I have been going through she says, “When we really rely on Him, how much less we care about possessions.” How very true! Does God care if our outfits are perfectly coordinated with our handbag? Does God care if our houses are decorated with the latest trendy decorations? How about if our car has rust spots or if our house is in complete disarray?
God does care! But what God really cares about is the cleanliness and fashion of our hearts. If having (or not having) things interferes with His plan for us and our families or becomes more important than our relationship with Him, then stuff becomes a problem. If you are thinking more about those shoes you saw in the store window than you are about God and His word to you…you might want to stop and re-prioritize.
A hard lesson I have learned is that the less I have, the more I appreciate what I do have. Not an easy thing to learn. All you have to do is turn on your TV or drive down the highway to see commercials and billboards telling you that you must have the latest “such and such!”
That new “such and such” never brings lasting joy! How often do our children discard the new toy and play with the box instead? The more gifts they get, the more they want. What we thought we needed so badly, so quickly loses its excitement. So this holiday season I choose to be thankful for what I don’t have, but more importantly thankful for what I DO have. ~Kelly
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mathew 6:19-21