Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
For Christmas one year, my husband, Danny, surprises me with a gorgeous set of diamond earrings. I am beside myself. With the exception of my wedding and engagement rings, I've never owned such luxurious jewelry.
And, I can't wait for an opportunity to wear them.
But, wait, I do.
They are too fancy to wear to school. Too elegant for every day wear.
So, day after day, they sit in their white satin box. In my jewelry case.
Waiting to be worn.
Waiting . . .
At long last, a suitable occasion arises. A formal one.
Where I will rub elbows with old college classmates I haven't seen in decades.
I attend the function, sparkly earrings and all.
Not one person notices. No compliments. No acknowledgements.
And, I leave there feeling just a bit peeved.
It is several hours after I get home. I decide it's time to put my beautiful earrings back in their case.
Oh, horror!!! One is missing!!!
I panic. Trace and retrace every step I've taken in the house and our deck. Comb through every inch of my car.
Nothing . . .
I am heart-broken. I don't have the nerve to tell Danny.
Because, more, much more hurtful to me than losing the earring will be seeing his crestfallen expression. I cannot bear the thought . . .
As I lie in bed, silent tears flowing, I hear the truth.
You didn't wear them for the right reason. You wore them to be noticed. You were showing off. You were prideful.
"Father, you are right," I whisper. "Please, forgive me."
I sleep fitfully through the night. No joy comes in the morning.
Discouraged and disheartened, I take my first cup of coffee out to the deck to allow it and the fresh air of dawn sweep away the cobwebs.
A sparkle catches my eye. I do a double-take.
There is is! My earring! Right where I searched, I think, so diligently the night before.
Glinting in all its glory.
A miracle . . .
"Thank You, my Lord and my God . . ."
Has the sin of pride ever caused you to stumble?
Please join me in prayer:
Remind us, Father, that we are not defined by our possessions. Do not let them become the stumbling blocks that separate us from You. Help us to realize that simply being Your child is all the treasure we will ever need in this life. Amen.
Psalms 93, 96 or 34
James 1:2-8, 16-18