Greetings to my FCC church family,
As some of you may know, I retired from driving this past spring. In doing so, I felt a huge relief of stress in my life. Being able to do some things that I’ve wanted to do for a long time has been refreshing. To be able to help my youngest brother with his farm operation, i.e. hauling grain to market, and doing some repairs on some farm equipment are actually relaxing things to do, believe it or not.
I’ve also been doing some handyman carpentry repair projects. One thing that you can count on, when doing home repairs or remodeling, is that you never know what the demolition might uncover and reveal. What might be just under the surface, nasty decay, rust, mold, or maybe just plain ugly wallpaper, LOL!!
Just seeing how our material things decay away sooner than we desire, I started thinking about the passage in Matt.6:19-21 where Jesus said,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.”
So many times I’m guilty of wanting a lot of things, i.e. possessions, nice homes, but these possessions will just decay and wear out. Instead, I should be pursuing treasures of the spiritual nature such as “fruits of the Spirit” found in Gal. 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Let us all desire these “fruits" or qualities, instead of material possessions that are all just temporary and will decay away.
In His service, and in Christian love,
Larry Wigington, Elder