Remembering what is Invaluable in our Materialistic World
In our world these days, the items we possess are so important. And often we are judged on if we are succeeding in life or not, by what we own. A beautiful house, a car no one else has, the perfect job…. All of those things are great, and are important, but they can cloud our priorities so we forget the difference between important and invaluable.
Remember the story of Mary & Martha in Luke 10:38-42?
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
My son and I just read this story in his Bible the other day. And I got to thinking, so often we are like Martha.
Not remembering what’s really important. So focused on what needs to be done. And then feeling so stressed and tired that, by the end of the day, it takes all the energy we can gather to just climb into bed. Our lives have become so busy that we tend to lose sight of what’s invaluable.
Our parents, our spouse, our children, our friends, our relationship with God… Time is a precious thing that is always taken for granted. And once it’s passed, you can’t get it back.
Time is not promised to any of us. And Jesus, right here in Luke 10, was telling us that, yet we still live as though tomorrow will undoubtedly come.
Jesus told Martha that she was doing things that could be done another time. Was it more important to listen and spend time with Jesus or to be in the kitchen? That time they had with Jesus was an opportunity that wouldn’t come again.
Just like it is now. You’ll never get this morning to pray with your family again and you won’t get this day with your children again. As Toby Keith reminds us:
Material things are nice but I’ll tell you, realizing we can’t take them with us when we pass away, isn’t fully realized until you lose someone close to you and you are left to take care of those things. We came into this world with nothing, and we leave it with nothing.
My point here is, don’t be too busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Don’t replace time with your family for material possessions. The memories you make with the people you love will last much longer and bring you a lot more happiness. Because once you lose someone you deeply love, you’d give all the money in the world to have them back.
Is working important? Yes.
Is making sure you’re family has what they need important? Of course.
But there will always be companies hiring, cars will always be available, money will come and go, but time…time and the people you love will not always be there.
Take some time today to evaluate what you’re spending most of your time and energy on. Is it important or is it irreplaceable?