Good News C36
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Name the ten most important things in your life. Go ahead. Take a sheet of paper and write them down now. Then read below.
How many hairs are there on your head? Quickly, now, tell me. If you are like me, you are probably clueless as to how many hairs there are on your head. But I do know that when God calls you to those pearly gates, he is not going to ask you how many hairs there are on your head. He already knows how many hairs there are on your head. He put them there. He is not going to ask you how many red convertibles you have. He is not going to ask you how many houses you own. He is not going to ask you how much money you have in the bank.
When you die, God is going to check over a videotape of your life and decide which way he will send you. Essentially he will decide if you go up to heaven or down to a place where you will never get to see him face to face.
What does God know about you? Everything…every thought, word, and action you have had in the past and will have in the future. In his mind, he has a fast forwarding, fast rewinding video of your life that he will review before he calls you for judgment. Baptism erases all the bad scenes from your video. When you go to confession and ask God for forgiveness, those scenes are wiped out of the video. Thank goodness.
Suppose a videotape of your actions today was shown on national television, would you be proud or sad? If they put a picture of you on the front page of the newspaper, what would the headlines say?
Now look at the list of the top 10 most important things in your life that you wrote at the beginning of this devotional. If God is not on your list, please change it to include God. He deserves to be there every minute of every day. He created you. He gave you many talents. He gave you every penny you have. He gave you family and friends. He put people and things in your path to help save your body and soul. Think about everything he does for you. When you die, your earthly treasures that you have accumulated will stay on earth. Only the heavenly treasures of your soul will go with you to the pearly gates. Live your life so that when you stand at the pearly gates of heaven, the treasures in your soul outnumber the earthly treasures you left behind.
Once you put God first, then everything else in your life will fall into place nicely. He will take care of you…every part of you. If you are feeling a little down, do something nice for another person. Call a friend. Write a note to your aunt or uncle and decorate it. Make up a song to sing for your parents when they come home from work. Be at the mailbox when the mailman comes and say, “Thank you for delivering my mail.” When you do something for another person, what you give will come back to you. It will raise your spirits. You will feel better.
Say the “Our Father” and praise God for creating you. Thank your heavenly Father for your earthly treasures: your many talents, the roof over your head, and the food on your table. Use these earthly treasures to fill the barns of your soul with goodness and mercy.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards