“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Matthew 6:33/NIV
When appliances were first developed and put into mass production during the earliest part of the 20th century, white was the standard color. By the 1950s, more vibrant and eye-catching colors were added: yellow, green, blue, brown, and pink! Yikes! Pink? My goodness, what an eye-opening time the ’50s must have been! From that time through the end of the 20th century, the colorful palate of appliances diminished to either black or white. However, as the 21st century emerged, stainless steel appliances became a big hit and much sought after by consumers!
I know someone who had an elderly parent who lived into her 90s. She was born just prior to the great depression and grew up during rough and tough times. She recalled her parents pinching every penny earned, and her parents knew how to make a dollar stretch. Her parents were economically thrifty souls, and no matter what tough times they endured, there were always clothes to wear and food on the table. She recalled on occasion going for a ride in the country and stopping at a dairy for ice cream, which was a valued and sought-after treat!
As the same lady progressed in years, not far from 100 years of age, her modern-aged refrigerator quit working. Her executor son, who managed her affairs and closely watched her dwindling savings, had to purchase a new refrigerator and did the best he could with the money she had left. He purchased one that was affordable, which was white. When his mother learned of the purchase involving a neutral color, she was disappointed because she wanted “stainless steel!” Her son had to draw from great wisdom to explain his purchasing decision to his mother.
Knowing his mother had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal Savior, he turned to the Bible for wisdom and insight! Biblical passages would help her come to terms with what we should seek and desire! The Bible tells us not to worry about what we will wear, eat or drink because God will supply all our needs: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ The pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33/NIV). Though the son failed to meet his mother’s material desires, he was able to help his mother understand that God took care of her needs.
Self-reflection consideration: Perhaps the teaching moment in this basic story also applies to me.
Many blessings to you!
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Great insights into our daily reliance on God to provide for our needs. Where we can tend to get confused is the separation between what we need and what we want. Thank you for sharing, brother Jim, and blessings to you!
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True indeed! God faithfully provides me with many inspirational moments to write about! I remember with our kids when raising them when they were young we taught them the concept of a need versus a want. I guess it’s still applies to us when we get older, doesn’t it? Many blessings to you my friend!