Monday, January 18, 2010

Appraised Value

We left New England later than we planned, but the extra time in Massachusetts was well spent. Justin, Josh, and I loaded the truck - more fun than work. Whenever the three of us get together it is always a good time. Sandy, and our daughter-in-law, Erika, packed the house while the Shorey men got the bulk of our belongings from storage and packed them into the truck. Time flew by, and the job was really a breeze.

Sometimes such events bring about poignant "moments." One came about for me as I placed the last of the boxes and miscellaneous on the truck. I grabbed the looped strap to pull the roll top door down - then stopped. I stared at the insides of the big white box of the beige and orange U-Haul. It contained all of our possessions after 32 years of marriage. "It's not even full," I thought to myself. A splintery question emerged, "Is that good, or is that bad? Should there be more material evidence of success and prosperity?"

Some would say, "Yes."

Some would say, "No."

I would say, "It depends."

Over the course of a lifetime each of us develops a value system that steers (actually dictates) our life. Yet, almost every person I know has pursued a set of goals only to conclude, It's not worth it. The price is too steep. At a higher level we experience an epiphany, awakening, or change of perspective, and in most instances come to realize that we over-valued a specific dream at the cost of under-valuing an even greater one. Wisdom tells us to abandon the chase and reset our course.

So the question arises, "Is there a single, precise, and correct way to assign value to things we deem worthy of our pursuit? Is there a catalyst for an epiphany, awakening, or change of perspective?" I believe there is. Fair warning - if you espouse it as the most important consideration in prioritizing your life - be prepared to make some drastic changes.

Here it is . . .

God is keeping the records that count, and His account is the only one that will one day count.

In the end, that is the only appraisal we need to be concerned with.

1 comment:

  1. Pastor,

    Great insight and it all so true. Thanks for your counsel and friendship.