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Originally published: Sep 8, 2009 @ 21:35
Yes. It is true. I just sold the car of my childhood dreams. This is an actual photo I took shortly after I bought it nearly three years ago. It was a beauty, even if I do say so myself. One might think this was a hard decision to make. One might also suggest that the sale of this car would sadden me, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Please, allow me to explain.
As a child I thought this was the coolest car on the planet. As an adult, I’ve worked hard, saved the money, and bought it. It was fun to drive and a real attention getter. But now that I’ve owned it, I realize “Meh… it’s just a car.” A car that can be door dinged. A car that can be wrecked. A car that can be gone more quickly than I got it. You see, I am a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and, as such, I realize the truth about material possessions. They can make us comfortable here on earth, and they can even be fun. There is nothing wrong with owning things… unless you realize that those things might be hindering you from doing God’s work.
“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 where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” Matthew 6:19-21
I will take the money from the sale of the car and do something good with it. Something really good!
Check this BLOG in the coming months to see what we decide to do with it. Thank you Lord for a quick sale! And now, off to do the Lord’s work!
Strange, sometimes is the way history turns. And it turns like we humans make it turn most of the time. Too many times, we learn bitter lessons from history. There is one case on record that it might do well for us to recall.
In 1952, a probation officer in the Bronx of New York tried to find an adoption agency for a 12-year-old boy. The man who was hunting the home for the youngster was named John Carro. He searched for an agency to take the boy, but he faced a problem. The boy was Lutheran. New York law said that Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish agencies could not take the boy. Mr. Carro faced a losing fight in trying to find a place for the young lad. He told the story later.
“When I was a probation officer in the Bronx in 1952, I tried unsuccessfully for a year to find an adoption agency for a 12-year-old Lutheran boy whose mother was ineffectual and whose father was dead,” Carro said. “His case was reported to me because he had been truant,” he continued. “All he wanted to do was to stay home and watch television instead of going to school. Because of the religious matching problem, I couldn’t get him into a Jewish Institution, I couldn’t get him into a Catholic Institution, and I couldn’t get him into a Protestant Institution. Before I could do anything for him, the mother had taken him out of state.”
You know, we humans have a way of making some pretty silly laws when you boil it all down. And most of the laws like this one can be pinned down to someone’s narrow prejudice. Our Hatred often goes far beyond ourselves in effecting the lives of others around us. Sometimes our hatred drastically affects people we never see or never know.
Our world would be a much better place to live if we could rid it of our prejudice and hatred. Wars would cease, riots would end, and peace could abound. We would like all of those things to happen but we sometimes want to hang on to our narrow little hatred also. We want to have our cake and eat it, too, and any first grader knows this can never be.
There was a Man once who lived in an obscure little village that we know as Nazareth Who tried to get us to rid ourselves of prejudice and hatred. He tried to get us to do that. It has been over 2000 years since he ended up on a cross in His efforts to end hate and prejudice and replace them with love and brotherhood.
If we put his way into practice, we could have found a home for that 12-year-old. And finding that boy a home might have changed history. You see, that boy’s name was Lee Harvey Oswald.
All of the text above was taken from a book entitled Thoughts Worth Thinking ©1968 by Donald E. Wildmon
As a follower of Christ, I can’t help but be convicted by these words. How many times are we all guilty of letting a little prejudice or hatred get in the way of doing what Christ commands us to do, especially loving one another. What a different world it could be and would be if everyone would just “get” that – myself included.
John 15:17 – “These things I command you, that you love one another.”