I’ve been thinking about the life of a thief. It’s not typically on my mind; however, we’re dealing with cash and items being stolen from our church. There’s a dynamic between the thief and their victim, one that’s filled with high emotion. From the perspective of the victim there’s a sense of violation from the chaos and resulting stress from the loss of personal property . It requires an inordinate time and effort to clean up the mess and to replace the items. And. I’m pretty sure it’s of no concern to the thief. The thing is . . . the thief has no chance of being blessed . . . from stealing.
It has made me think about the things that the average person often steals without a thought to the violation:
Time–Is it wasted? . . . Health–Is it disregarded?. . . Thoughts–Are they squandered in negativity?. . . Words–Do they hurt?. . . Purpose–Is it misdirected?. . . Peace–Is it disregarded?. . . Love–Is it withheld?. . . Faith–Is it replaced with anxiety?. . . Hope–Is it fleeting?. . . Relationships–Are they ignored?
The list goes on; however, it all comes down to determining what matters in life. Jesus used the illustration of the life of a thief to make his point about investing life into things that matter.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
When we steal the gifts we’re given to live a blessed life with, we enter into a life of a thief, creating an inordinate amount of chaos and stress, wasting what was ours to have. Yet. When we intentionally make the investment in the things that matter, we will be blessed.
At the end of the day, we’re responsible for the way we’ve lived from morning to night.
- Refuse to be a thief of life.
- Make investments into what matters.
- Experience the blessings of God.
Learning to Kickstart the day, intentionally making investments into what matters,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)