Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I remember a sermon by Bill Abernethy some thirty years ago where he suggested that giving money to the church was a good investment. The implication was that you receive a good return…..not just a psychological, “feel good” return, but even a financial return by giving to the church.
I had never thought of it that way, but over the years I have become convinced that he was right. We live in an age of consumerism and are constantly bombarded with entreaties to pamper ourselves and spend more money buying more and better (and more expensive) things and services just to keep up with the Joneses.
I think giving money, and going to church, helps keep my head on straight. It strongly reinforces the values focusing on the important things in life like family, friends and helping others. We don’t really need the latest and greatest “things.” Most of us who live in Wellesley and surrounding communities already have a disproportionate amount of material resources compared to the rest of the world.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to realize when enough is enough and help us share the abundance with which you have blessed us. Amen