Thought for the Day – Wednesday 17th June

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves 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.

Matthew 6 : 19 – 20

These verses reminded me of a recent tv series covering the true story of Major Charles Ingram or “The Coughing Major” and his attempt to win £1 million pounds on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.

What struck me, well before any coughing started, was the obsessive amount of training time, effort and dogged determination put in by Charles and his wife to get on the show and attempt to win.  And was it worth it? I’m sure losing his job, receiving fines and a prison sentence didn’t feel like it in the end.

It’s an extreme example but still a cautionary tale.

As Christians we’re allowed to have and enjoy nice things but we shouldn’t become obsessed in our pursuit of wealth or material possessions.  Instead, we should focus and prioritise the same treasures God values such as caring for those in need and putting the needs of others before ourselves.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all of the good things in my life.  Help me to focus on building my eternal relationship with you and pursuing the right treasures.

Action: Write down the 3 things you intend to spend most of your time and energy on this week.  After reflecting on these verses ask yourself if these are still the right things to go after?

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