Monday, June 2, 2014

Gathering Rags

Many people lost homes or had considerable property damage in the April tornado that wreaked such havoc in our area. One elderly homeowner lost just about everything. The few existing walls are slated for bulldozing later this month and a new home will be built. Thanks to the generosity of friends and strangers, the house will be furnished with new or gently used items. Plans are underway for interior design and landscaping. 

The family will be staying with friends while the house is built. In preparation for the bulldozer, they have worked nonstop to pack up anything that can be salvaged. Someone observing the packing commented, "They are saving rags and don't seem to realize that, when they return, everything will be new."  

It's not unusual for us to hang on to the rags, valuing the stuff of this world, is it? What is tragic is when our love for the rags exceeds our love for that which is whole and good. How heartbreaking it would be to look back on our lives and find that we had clung to the wood, hay, and stubble while ignoring that which has eternal consequence! 

This evening, spend a few minutes looking at that which has priority in your life. Are you clinging to rags?  If so, maybe it's time to reassess and look toward that which lasts. One day, one glorious day, everything will be made new. No rags allowed.