Ever take for granted the little things in life. I’m starting to miss my thumbnail. Nearly a month ago I was helping someone load a dryer into a trailer and I ended up banging my thumb between the side of the dryer and the side of the trailer. Ouch!, my thumbnail turned black instantly. About two days ago the nasty looking thing came off. Now I have this odd looking thumb with no nail. So what I do is, I throw a band-aid on it every morning to both protect the skin the nail would normally protect, plus hide the weirdness of it all. Do you ever take things for granted, I sure do.
We live in a time where it is common to put more focus on the things we want instead of what’s in front of us. I know I am in no way innocent of this. I find myself on craigslist from time to time, pricing dirt bikes. There have been times where I design how I want my back yard set up. God has blessed our family with a house, a place where my kids can play and my dog can dig. According to the United Nations Commissions on Human Rights an estimated 100 million people are homeless world wide. 100 million, can you wrap your mind around that number. The entire state of New York has an estimated 19.57 million people.
What I must remember is we have a limited time here and everything you see is temporary. Maybe its a time to appreciate what we have and begin putting more focus toward storing up treasures in heaven.
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I sometimes ask myself, if I found out I had a week left, what would I do with it. The answer is, I’d spend better quality time with my wife and kids. I’d tell my loved ones how much I loved and enjoyed having them in my life. I’d continue serving God in the best way I know how. I’d care less about the things that seem fun to have and appreciate the blessings I’ve received.
I believe this is how I should be living my life, regardless of my expiration date. May I go into this day more appreciative of what God has blessed me with, and what he has done for me. May I go into this day focused and ready to serve others, living for a little less of myself, and a little more of God.