“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”  Jonah 2:8

“The world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”  1 John 2:17  

There just doesn’t seem to be enough money.  A farmer garnered $46 million falsely marketing his crops as “organic”.  A young man bought a prescription drug for $8/dose and resold it for $800/dose, defending his capitalist rights.  There just isn’t enough power … can’t let go, seize more.  There just isn’t enough … land, toys, stuff … keep up with the neighbors.  Ancient cultures DID think they could “take it with you”.  We have learned much from their tombs, enriched with comforts for the afterlife.  But we aren’t so extreme … are we?  

Our obsessions are more subtle and seemingly harmless.  Decades ago (1960s) John Lennon (in)famously said [the Beatles are more popular than Jesus].   While at first shocking, it makes one think.  The screaming mobs, obsessive young fans, worldwide fame.  Were they?  What dominates our thinking?  Food?  We know the story of Martha, fussing over food rather than keeping company with Jesus.  Clothes?  Latest fashion?  “Does it make me look fat?”  Jesus said wildflowers are more beautiful than even a king’s royal garments.  We do fuss over unimportant matters.  Our minds are distracted by to-do lists, worry, fear … the price of gas!  

What qualities attract us?  Youthfulness?  Athleticism?  A sharp wit?  Or hospitality and kindness?  Joy in vocation regardless of wealth?  Do we stew with envy? Or do we affirm the successes of others and acknowledge, give thanks, and use the talents we are blessed with … content with ourselves?

What has kept my heart and mind from Christ Jesus?  When I’m not thinking about Jesus, what am I thinking about?  

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in his wonderful face And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of his glory and grace.”  Amen (Prayer text:  Helen H. Lemmel)   

Verla Olson