One dirty sock, one beaded cross keychain, and a few coins. These were the items that my stepson carefully placed next to each other in a straight, neat row. He looked at me with a smile and said, “Now Ash, which one of these things should you never throw away?”
I looked at the items, puzzled by what his little mind was trying to accomplish. I took a second and thought about all the topics we had discussed on prayer and Jesus, and I chose the cross with a question in my voice.
“You’re exactly right!” was his response.
That scene played over and over in my head. Mostly because I thought it was cute. But then one morning, as I was preparing for a run before the rest of the members of my house woke up, it hit me. I was going through all that I needed to do, bills that needed to be paid, and pondering the future as I laced up my shoes. The thought stopped me dead in my tracks and I knew instantly that it was from the Lord.
“What is most important?”
Then the image of the three items flashed through my mind.
A sock, a cross, and a few coins.
What is most important?
We live in a world that is constantly feeding the mentality of more into our brains. More food, more money, more clothes, more. I have found that this way of thinking begins at a very early age. The desire for more, like an empty bottomless pit asking for you to put more into it only to find that the things you fill it with are not satisfying. I have seen that in my own heart. I can feel it start to build inside of me. The thought that if I could just get one more thing, hear one more phrase, if he would just do this…THEN I would be satisfied. But that is not where true satisfaction lies.
Sat·is·fac·tion –sadəsˈfakSH(ə)n/noun: fulfillment of one’s wishes,
expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this.
Our needs will never be met when we are trying to meet them with material things. God is the Creator. He created our needs because they lead us to Him when we stop filling them with pointless things. He is our ultimate need and our ultimate satisfaction. When we begin to allow Him to be our portion and provision, we feel a peace that calms the nagging persistence of our bottomless pit.
Today I challenge you to take the time to really process what matters to you. I mean really process it. Not what you want to matter to you. But what actually matters to you based on your actions. What does your bank account reveal is most important? What does your home, closet, time or phone reveal? If we take the time to align our hearts, money, time and goals to the heart of Christ – you will find the treasure of His presence. His presence that satisfies the deepest, darkest void of every heart in this world. I have been challenged by the way one of my friends is living. She continuously gives her time, finances, energy and focus to others. If we were all a little bit more like this, then maybe this world wouldn’t seem like such a dark place.