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Written by Anne Cetas for “Our Daily Bread” @ http://odb.org
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Original post @ https://odb.org/US/2022/03/04/two-small-boxes-2
Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.
Today’s Scripture & Insight:
Kevin walked into the nursing facility after his dad passed away to pick up his belongings. The staff handed him two small boxes. He said he realized that day that it really didn’t take an abundance of possessions to be happy.
His dad, Larry, had been carefree and always ready with a smile and an encouraging word for others. The reason for his happiness was another “possession” that didn’t fit into a box: an unshakable faith in his Redeemer, Jesus.
Jesus urges us to “ lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20). He didn’t say we couldn’t own a home or buy a car or save for the future or have numerous possessions. But He urged us to examine the focus of our hearts. Where was Larry’s focus? His heart was set on loving God by loving others. He would wander up and down the halls where he lived, greeting and encouraging those he met. If someone was in tears, he was there with a comforting word or listening ear or heartfelt prayer. His mind was focused on living for God’s honor and the good of others.
We might want to ask ourselves if we could be happy with fewer things that clutter and distract us from the more important matters of loving God and others. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (v. 21). What we value is reflected in how we live.
By: Anne Cetas
Reflect & Pray
Are there ways in which your priorities are out of order? What changes do you think God might want you to make?
I love You, dear God, and want You as my greatest love. Show me how I can become more like You.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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