Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Trusting in "things" always leads to disappointment

We joined the 21st century this past weekend. We brought home a new 40 inch Flat Screen Television. Our old 36 inch diagonal (so last year technology) has been sent to the basement for kids' viewing pleasure and PlayStation football matches. By Saturday night, we were watching TV in a whole new way!

Then we got a little haughty around here. We were pumped up with our new TV and the new arrangement of our old furniture. It was looking sharp. There was room for Wii dancing in the middle of the room and dreams were beginning to develop of movie marathons, new paint colors (just by the mother), drapes (again, the mother), and, of course, rousing games of Guess Who and daily dance recitals.

Kids were bragging to friends about our new set up. I was walking into the room and thinking this is so nice. I had a knitting chair with a lamp and a basket for my stash. My husband had his own chair and now we had two remotes! We were putting our trust in things! Uh Oh, you know where that leads.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord

Watching the Super Bowl in HD while munching on Pioneer Woman's Restaurant Style Salsa, we were feeling like we were pretty cool and hip.

As 4th quarter wound down and it appears our pick the Colts were going to loose, I told my hubby to switch channels. I hate to watch the "other" team boast about their win. I'd rather just pretend that my team won the game and move on.

Side note: My team always looses, it's a curse of me picking them. Hear that Huskers, I'm not rooting for you next year! Longhorns I'll still cheer for you!

Meanwhile back at the game, my husband switches channels quickly to a non HD channel and suddenly a little blue line appears on the right side of the screen. A blue vertical line that is obvious to the eye.

At first, we thought that maybe it was due to the switch from HD to plain digital cable. Then maybe it was the cable box or the plug. We tried it all. Nothing. Still a Blue Vertical Line which while faint, hello, it is not suppose to be there.

Let's recall this television is now less than 24 hours old. A newbie. Something we trusted to last for years that would provide us with countless hours of entertainment and pleasure. Now it has a blue line.

Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is , there your heart will be also.

This tangible lesson about "things" and their importance in our lives is something that we could have preached at every family dinner or listened to sermon upon sermon about, but it occurred right in the middle of our family room and it's impact is far greater than anything we could have forced upon our children.

In the end, it's just a thing. A television. Not a treasure. We'll box it up and return for a new one later this week. While we hope that rust and moths do not destroy it's replacement, we know that in the end it's just a "thing" and not a treasure.

Everything else besides Jesus is just "stuff". Enough said.

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