Lately, we have dealt with some thefts. The most mild was tonight when someone took my coat from the church after an event. Let me tell you it is cold outside. On a larger scale, the last couple of weeks have brought some other thefts. Our Children’s pastor’s car was broken into and the thieves took her purse, backtop with laptop and camera, GPS, iPod, and more. A member of our congregation’s apartment was broken into while they were away on vacation. The thieves took TV’s, electronics, movies, and ransacked the whole place. On the one hand, these are very irritating, even frightening. It is inconvenient and a burden to deal with. On the other hand it also is a reminder of the fact that any thing can be taken from us at any time.
It is amazing to me how integrated things become in our lives. 15 years ago, almost no one had a cell phone. 10 years ago, some did, but they were for emergencies and quick calls. 5 years ago, most did, but they were still secondary. Today, they are handheld computers and every aspect of our lives is wrapped up in an app and we can’t imagine what we would do without it. But, it is just a thing.
It is upsetting to lose something. It is more so to have it taken. When we look at what is truly important and what makes life fulfilled, it is not the things we own that matters. It is not having the latest whatever. It is the relationships that we nurture. It is how we give of ourselves to our family. It is our walk with God.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20