DayBreaks for 2/20/18: Worthless Confetti
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:
CATANIA, Sicily – Grandparents often share their sage advice with youngsters to teach them the values of life. A five-year-old Sicilian boy took his grandfather’s wisdom a bit too literally when he told him, “money is just worthless trash.” The very next day the grandson helped his 33-year-old father get rid of his “trash.” The boy found a wad of cash in his dad’s wallet and tore it up into little pieces until it was unusable. Just in case, he threw the remains out of the window. It turns out the wad of money was actually his father’s entire monthly salary. Now it’s just worthless confetti.
Some lessons in life are expensive. Some are learned through the school of “hard knocks.”
Although the story doesn’t say how the father reacted to his son’s “help” in getting rid of his “worthless trash” money that was an entire month’s income, I can only imagine.
I’ve recently done two memorial/funeral services and I’ve been struck by the things in life that are important to us. I’ve been observing the American way of grief and find it fascinating. The things that we think have value are suddenly and sharply put into clear focus when someone we love dies. It’s just a pity that the focus doesn’t last longer than it does, for all too soon we forget the lessons learned in the house of mourning and return to our own ways of pursuing things that are at the very least of questionable value.
How much of life is taken up with the pursuit of “worthless trash!” How much better off we’d be if we spent our time, effort and energy in pursuit of Jesus. As I stood, even on the day that I write this, beside the open casket of a warrior of God who served Him faithfully for many years, I am forced once again to confront my own values and pursuits and to confess that they need adjusting.
The day is coming when all that I’ve done or ever will do in this world will be either burned up or left behind to others. How true is the saying: “Only one life, ‘Twill soon be past. Only what is done for the Lord will last!”
Don’t waste your life making confetti. Make a difference that will survive death and your journey to eternity.
PRAYER: Give us wisdom to recognize the things of real value and the strength to pursue them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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