Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday, 03/29/12

Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
Old Testament: Exodus 7:25-8:19
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Psalms: 131, 132, [133], 140, 142
I’m not going to lie to you; I’ve always wanted to be rich.  I watch HGTV’s shows like “Selling New York” so I can get an inside-look at places I would never even be invited to visit, much less buy.  

This past week, while I was watching HGTV’s “Million Dollar Kitchens”, I saw a couple spend a million dollars redoing their kitchen and dining room in one of the gaudiest ways I had ever seen.  Seriously, what were these people thinking?  They could have spent that money doing so much good in the poor communities around them.  They could have funded numerous food pantries, or stocked a homeless shelter.   What were they thinking?

Then, I started looking around my own home and at my own stuff, such as the Classic Winnie-the-Pooh collectibles that I’ve gotten up at 2 AM to win on eBay, the leather bound classic books that I had to have to make me feel smarter (even though I’ve never actually read any of them), and the copious amounts of gardening supplies that I had to have in the dead of winter (they were on sale).  It occurred to me that I’m as bad as those rich people on HGTV with their tacky kitchen.  All this money that I’ve spent, and only for my pleasure, made me ask myself, “What was I thinking?”  If I stop spending that money on me, I can give more to others, like LINK, the Backpack Buddies, and the local animal shelter.  

I understand now why Jesus felt sorry for the rich man.  To give up all his security and comfort is asking A LOT, but what he gains in return is worth so much more: to be a part of God’s kingdom and to be with Him for eternity.  What can be better than that?  Definitely not books or a tacky kitchen!

Dear Abba, please help me as I struggle to let go of the need for all these earthly things that are so meaningless.   Help me to focus on serving you as you’ve asked me to do, to help those around me who are less fortunate, and help me be more loving, like you.  AMEN. 


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