“Several times,” I began, “you have mentioned that you grew up on a farm.”
“That’s right,” Stan replied.
“Do you ever go back to visit where you grew up?”
“I was there just last summer,” Stan said.
“My younger brother still lives there. I went to visit hm. He has other sources of income and doesn’t farm. He just lives there.”
“What was it like going back?” I asked.
“Disconcerting,” Stan replied.
“The first thing I saw as I drove up to the home place was that there was a new building. It was a huge aluminum-sided storage shed. It was like a warehouse.”
“What was that for?” I asked.
“My brother’s toys. He showed me his collection of old farming equipment that had been restored. There were tractors, trucks, harvesters, and all sorts of old stuff that looked brand new. That new building was stuffed full.”
“Was it used for anything?” I asked
“Nope. And that was the disconcerting part,” Stan replied.
“My brother had spent a fortune on acquiring, restoring, and housing a collection of stuff that he didn’t use. He just liked to look at it and show it off to others.”
“Wow,” I replied. “That seems like a waste.”
“Me, too,” Stan said.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all of your provision for eternity with you, and for all you provide on this side of eternity. Thank you for all you provide for me to enjoy. Please help me in my stewardship of what you provide. You know how much I want to acquire things just for the sake of having them. Please help me to be generous with all you provide to whoever you bring before me. The needs are great, but your resources are greater. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.