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Priorities: What Matters To Us?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

I can no longer comprehend the value of money! I hear fantastic financial numbers that I cannot comprehend. I have no point of reference to understand. Bill Gates can't afford to stoop down and pick up a $100 bill on the way to work because he makes more per minute than the time involved in fetching the $100. He and his wife are giving away millions to charitable causes. Microsoft has so much cash that they can't find a good place to invest it, so it just earns interest-- both the annual interest income is astronomical. American Airlines lost $1.04 billion in the first quarter of 2003 (yes, with a B)! WorldCom executives used accounting procedures that cost the company multiplied millions. In contrast, most opportunities to kick field goals and shoot basketballs from half court provide only a million or so. Small change!

The value system of our culture has been turned on its ear. The "something for nothing" philosophy is rampant. Priorities are misplaced, values awry, matters of importance reversed. Greed and covetousness rule the day. Lotteries are effective ways to take people's money because values are askew. I want to have it all without any effort. Such may occur periodically in exceptional cases, but it's not the rule!

Have you thought today about the fact that as a Christian you have an opportunity every day to make a difference that will last beyond this life even into eternity. You can nurture your own soul, you can make a difference in the lives of your family, you can speak a word to others that is eternal. Most of these things don't look very important--delivering a meal, offering a shoulder to a troubled brother or sister, visiting the sick or shut-in, going to another missions meeting, answering a call for help. Seemingly of even less importance in the 21st century church are things like teaching a neighbor the gospel, funding missions, encouraging evangelism, praying for those who share the Word around the world.

This day remember: these "little" things have great reward. I think I'll trade my million here for an opportunity to make a difference that is eternal, for myself, my loved ones, and the world. Will you join me?

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