DayBreaks for 09/27/13 – The Silver Effect
Maxie Dunham tells this story: “An enormously rich man complained to a psychiatrist that despite his great wealth which enabled him to have whatever he wanted, he still felt miserable. The psychiatrist took the man to the window overlooking the street and asked, “What do you see?” The man replied, “I see men, women, and children.”
“The psychiatrist then took the man to stand in front of mirror and asked, “Now what do you see?”
“The man said, “I see only myself.”
“The psychiatrist then said, “In the window there is a glass and in the mirror there is glass, and when you look through the glass of the window, you see others, but when you look into the glass of the mirror you see only yourself. The reason for this, “said the psychiatrist, “is that behind the glass in the mirror is a layer of silver. When silver is added, you cease to see others. You only see yourself.”
“Whenever your devotion to money and material things causes you to be self-centered, you in essence deny God’s intention for your life. It is also a denial of the Christ, for Jesus came into the world so that we might be in union with God.”
Our silver, gold and wealth can also blind us so that we can’t see others and their need. What do you see? Sometimes we don’t want to see their need because we are too focused on our pile of silver!
James 1:23 (NLT) For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
PRAYER: Lord, let us trust You for what we need, and not be blinded to the needs of others by our own fondness for this world’s goods! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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