A Small, Brown Spot

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Luke 12:34
I was sitting in a meeting one morning last week when I glanced down and something captured my eye. It was a small brown coffee spot on my clean, white shirt. I couldn’t believe it. I was bothered by it but really couldn’t do anything about it. But my ADD mind was racing. “What if someone sees this?” “Will the stain come out?” “Do I have another shirt somewhere around here I could change into?” “Why didn’t I wear a brown shirt?”  
It was ridiculous to be consumed with such thoughts. Looking back I laugh at it, but at the time, I wasn’t. It’s kind of sad the way my mind can obsess over things like this, and a rather sad example of what can be so important to us at times. Why do we focus on the negative aspects of life?  How many of us compare ourselves to others and worry we don’t measure up?  How many times do we walk into a group setting and worry about what we are wearing and how we look, so concerned that it’s the way others think it should be?   
What is more important? That my desk is organized and neat, or that I set aside time to be with the Lord? To make a purchase to fill a void inside, or to support the kingdom of God with that money? Would God rather I memorize Scripture, or apply it to my life?
What is your focus on today? Are you working to do a better job than the person in the next cubicle because you want to look better to the boss, or are you working to show them God’s love in some way for their benefit? Is it on kingdom living, or on a small, brown spot?
“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” - Aesop


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.