This time of year everyone is running lists of the top ten stories of the year, top 40 country and western songs, top fifty easy listening songs…
Well, I have some trivial treasures of my own to share.
The Bible states:
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
It goes on to say:
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Well, here are the TRIVIAL TREASURES as reported by Nancy Gibbs – “One Day in America”
Every day Americans buy:
3,972,603 movie tickets
1,683,835 songs and albums from online resources
568,764 Titleist golf balls
443,650 large french fries at Burger King
160,968 bottles of Absolut Vodka
7,500 Samsung LCD TVs
Wow! That’s a lot of money going out for non-essentials every day, seven days a week, year-round. Speaks volumes about what it is we hold to be important. Afterall, if you want to know what people value look at their timetables (where and what they spend their time on) and their check (cheque) books (where they spend their money). These statistics certainly speak loudly about our consumer society and what we value.
Dare we take a look at what we spend our money on and then compare it to what the Bible says would be a good use of our hard-earned funds and our time (which we can either waste, spend, or invest). I think we would, in general, fall slightly short of the biblical life-style required of those who declare themselves to be disciples of the Lord Jesus.
So, as 2009 fast approaches it might be a good time to have a look at how we use our time – do we waste it, spend it wisely, or invest it in kingdom things? And, how are we using the limited wealth that the Lord has given to us to be good stewards or managers of?
I am reminded of a sermon I preached many years ago now from the Gospel according to St. Luke where it teaches us we are to faithful in the small things, the natural things, and the things that belong to others (even to the Lord). Then He will be able to say “well done good and faithful servant (manager, steward)” and give us much for the little, the supernatural for the natural and what belongs to us as apposed to that which belongs to another.
Something to think about in the lull between Christmas and New Years.