“Doing Without”

This weeks meditation:  “Doing Without”
Read: 1 Timothy 6:11-21

I recently read a question that really made me think.  The question was, “what will today’s younger generation tell their children they had to do “without”?”  We have heard the stories of walking uphill in the snow to school both ways, walking out to the outhouse, and other ways of sacrifice during years that have past.  But what will those stories sound like 30 years from now?  Will there be any?

As technology and other conveniences continue to advance there will most likely be something we will think we had to sacrifice, but in reality this question should remind us of how truly blessed we are.  Do we even have a right to complain?  We also need to be reminded that much of the world already does without the things we think are necessary.

In this passage Paul charges Timothy to take hold of eternal things and not be so concerned with the earthly.  At one point he even says that they shouldn’t put their hope in wealth but instead put their hope in God.  I really like what verse 20 says, “guard what has been entrusted to your care.”  I don’t think he is necessarily talking about his material conveniences or possessions in that verse.

Many of you have probably seen the new Best Buy commercial where the people realize that the electronic “toy” they just bought is now the older version.  I love the one scene where the little girl is running around the front yard saying, “you bought the wrong T.V. silly head.”  The ad is telling you that Best Buy now has a program to buy back your product once the newer version has come out.  Now you never have to do without the latest!

Which leads us back to the original question.  Will our generation or the generation to follow have any stories of true sacrifice?  I am truly glad for indoor plumbing, but I often realize that my “wants” go way beyond what some had to do without years ago.  In other words I will be the first to raise my hand on this and claim my guilt.

Perhaps the words of Jesus are a good reminder that it’s okay to have an inferior earthly treasure once in a while.  In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
That’s always a great reminder!!!!!!

Make it personal:  The next time you feel that “want” monster rearing it’s head, step back and give thanks to God for all that you do have.  Perhaps doing without something will help you to focus on the eternal treasures that are of the utmost importance in life.  Lord, we ask you to help us all in this! Help us to have thankful hearts!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life

Arthur Mennonite Church