Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) where it seems like things continually go wrong? Well this past week was one of those for me. To start with, someone backed into my truck and did some minor damage to the body. The next day my office computer died, the following day my printer died and the next one of my hearing aids just quit working and today my glasses broke. Now all of these things besides being time consuming and an inconvenience also cost money.
So, I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to find time to deal with all of these things and where the money is going to come from and am just a little frustrated. I had to remind myself that all of these things are only “THINGS” and not anything that will really matter in the long run. Yet, don’t our lives, far too often, become consumed with our concern for our “THINGS”? Sure they do, it seems that is par to of the ongoing battle we have with our human nature!
One of the best know parables of Jesus is about a rich farmer who had lots of things found in Luke 12:16-21, “And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (KJV)
That parable makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? Where are our priorities, what do we really value in this life. How much time do we spend taking care of our things as compared to how much time we invest in the things of God?
Now, my truck is being repaired by the Insurance Company and my computer is being look at by a member of our church. I was able to work with my printer and get that going again and I found out that my hearing aids were still under warranty and will be repaired for free. My glasses are a minor repair and didn’t cost me anything.
I think another scripture fits here pretty well. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (NLT)
I don’t know about you, but I’m still working on being able to live that way. I don’t know if I will ever reach the level of Spiritual Growth to never worry about tomorrow, but I’m trying.
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.