DayBreaks for 9/16/16 – Glass, Mirrors and the Power of Silver

 

 

DayBreaks for 9/16/16 – Glass, Mirrors and the Power of Silver

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.

Jesus talked more about money than any other subject in the Scriptures. I always thought it was because it was too easy to make it our idol and to pursue it too strongly. The story of the rich man I relayed above gives me pause to reflect a bit more deeply about it. Perhaps the danger of silver (a metaphor in the story for money) is that it only allows us to see ourselves and not the needs of those around us.

PRAYER: God, I confess to you that all my life I’ve been far too concerned about money.  I confess I’ve not been a good steward.  I confess it is far too easy for me to see only myself and my wants and wishes rather than to see those all around me who could benefit from my generously (and hopefully wisely!) giving what you have already given to me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

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DayBreaks for 10/08/15 – Give Me Back My Songs

DayBreaks for 10/08/05: Give Me Back My Songs  

The French have a story about a millionaire in his palace who spent his days counting his gold. Beside the palace was a poor cobbler who spent his days singing as he repaired people’s shoes. The joyful singing irritated the rich man. One day he decided to give some gold coins to the cobbler. At first the cobbler was overjoyed, and he took the coins and hid them. But then he would be worried and go back to check if the coins were still there. Then he would be worried in case someone had seen him, and he would move the coins and hide them in another place. During all this, he ceased to sing. Then one day he realized that he had ceased to sing because of the gold coins. He took them back to the rich man and said, “Take back your coins and give me back my songs.”

The man in the story discovered that the shiny, valuable coins didn’t deliver on their initial “promise.” There is an old saying that “All that glitters is gold.” I don’t know who came up with that saying, or what they were thinking, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have started to believe that that which glitters is not gold. In fact, I think glitter is one of Satan’s greatest weapons against us in the first world.

It is the allure of glitter, whether it is bars of gold, silver, platinum or other precious metal, or the glitter of fame and the spotlight that goes along with it, or the glitter of a fancy title underneath your name on a business card that draws us away from the things which have real, lasting value.

Scripture tells us that there was nothing about Jesus that would have made him attractive to us in terms that the world would applaud: Isaiah 53:2 (MSG) – The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.

Where Jesus glittered and shone, and where we should seek to shine, is in the beauty of character and spirit. 1 John 2:15 (MSG) – Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.

All that glitters is not gold. Don’t let the world’s glitter distract you from love for the Father. If it has stolen your songs, ask God to give them back to you and let go of “the world’s goods!”

PRAYER: God, I know I am easily drawn to glittery things! Let me be drawn to You in love, for You are the far greater treasure! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>