A couple of weeks ago I went fishing. I didn’t catch anything, but like I told my son, fishing isn’t about catching fish, it’s about trying to. So in my eyes it was a successful trip 😀 Every year or so I end up pulling out my fishing gear and blowing off the dust. This includes my Leatherman multi-tool. This is quite a nifty piece of gear. It has a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, and a few other bits all in one tool. I got it from Bunnings two Christmases ago. I was fishing with a mate and he mentioned how he had a multi-tool at home – one that was about six times the price of mine and indestructible. Now if I had a tool like that I just couldn’t bring myself to take it fishing. What if I dropped it in the water? My mate agreed. It was just too valuable to lose or wreck and he was a bit precious about it.
Have you had something so valuable that you got a bit precious about using if for what it was meant for? Think about a classic car that’s so valuable you can’t enjoy the drive for fear of scratching it. That got me thinking… what’s a tool that doesn’t get used? A showpiece? Hidden potential? A waste? It’s an interesting idea. What resources do we have that we don’t use to their full potential? Let me put it another way. What if we used all we had to its full utility? What impact would we have on the world?
It‘s human nature to be overprotective of the things we value. Our money, property, time, or energy are all things we value and would not like to waste. From a Christian worldview, everything we have is temporal but what we do with it is eternal. Let me break that down. Everything we have now, in 500 years, will be rusted, rubble, belong to someone else, or be no-more. However, the lives we can impact stand alone as eternally valuable among all of God’s creation. The family we loved, the children we raised, and the people we influenced will matter forever.
I think Jesus had this in mind when he 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… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew