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March 20, 2018, 9:46 AM

March 14, 2018


“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieved break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

Have you ever wondered how much of life we miss?  We are busy and overwhelmed while the things that really matter seem to go by unnoticed.  One reason I enjoy watching The Andy Griffith Show even to this day (although I know just about every episode and what takes place) is because it reminds me of simpler times.  I have several favorite episodes but one at the top of the list is entitled “Man in a Hurry”.  It is the episode about Malcolm Tucker whose car breaks down outside of town and he finds that Mayberry is shutdown on Sundays.  He becomes very agitated and upset because he cannot get his car fixed to attend an “important” meeting.  As the story progresses, Malcolm begins to understand that the people of Mayberry have managed to appreciate the things that so many others take for granted.

                How much does this describe our lives today?  We become so busy with the “necessities” of life that we pass by the important details that God desires to show us.  The sad part is that, unlike Malcolm Tucker, we fail to realize what is happening.  We continue in the fast-paced grind of what is called life to understand later that much of true life has passed us by.  When was the last time you sat amid nature with your Bible open expecting God to speak to you?  Oh, I remember, the world tells us that if God speaks to us we should be headed for mental counseling!  When is the last time you made an appointment with someone just to talk?  We have almost lost the art of face-to-face communication.  We send a text, e-mail, or share with someone on Facebook but we do not have the time for real conversation.  We fail to see all of this until something unforeseen shows up in our lives.  Then, if we are wise, we begin to realize that we are living without enjoying the blessings God has provided for us.

                It’s so easy to get distracted.  Look back at the passage above.  Where is your treasure?  What things are taking the “important” place in your life?  What significant things are you missing because you are so busy?  How much time are you spending with others who need you and would enjoy some of your time?  As you commit to spending time with God in His Word and in prayer, He will direct you to the things you need to accomplish.  When He speaks, your critical list of things to get done will probably be much different.  Things can change and change very quickly.  We must learn to live life without regrets.  The only way to do that is to treasure the things of God.  He always points us in the right direction and leads us to accomplish and enjoy the truly “important” things in life.  May we learn, as did Malcolm Tucker, that sometimes we need to look around us and enjoy the blessings God has already given.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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