Last night I was sitting around the house, watching the almost Ohio State meltdown, thinking about this whole new year thing, and the fact that the MegaMillions jackpot was 330 Million and I asked myself the question “If you could have anything what would it be?”. You probably have played this game – the three wishes game.
Once I got past the fact that I don’t need a mansion with a complete wait staff and a built in movie theater, I realized quickly how little I in fact am in need. I would not have to wish for essentials like food, or a warm bed, or clothes, or great blessings like a family or a wonderful spouse.
The question quickly moved from ‘what would I want’ to ‘what am I really striving for’? When I head out the door this morning, what am I working towards? Is it really an 8GB eye-fi wireless HCSD card for my wife’s new camera, or is it the acceptance of the higher ups at the office, or is it the ability to pay for lunch? This is when I was reminded gently from the back of my mind that the only thing that really matters is to serve god and to love his creation (i.e. other people).
You know, that takes a lot of stress out of the day. What are you striving for?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:28-33 (New International Version, ©2010)