Daily Dose, Feb. 20 — Holiness & Lent

  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) We began the season of Lent last Wednesday -- Ash Wednesday. On that day, and within our Ash Wednesday service, we were reminded that “from dust we came, and to dust we shall return.” That’s not intended to be a morbid message; it’s meant to make us mindful that our bodies are transient, while our souls are not. The entire season of Lent is typically marked by various practices of self-discipline and self-denial. It’s a time when we can remind ourselves that we are not at the mercy of our desires and cravings. It’s a time to put a harness on some of our time, energy and urges. For me, this season of Lent happened to coincide with an encounter with someone I had never met. They were seeking some help and advice about what to do with the cremains of a friend who had recently passed away. It was an odd an interesting conversation, but it also reminded me in a stark way that what we say is true: from dust you came, and to dust you shall return. It makes me think about what I am doing with the time in-between the dust. In these few short years that I’m given in this earthly body, what will I strive to be? What will I seek? How will people remember me? The old saying is true: “You can’t take it with you.” And yet, sometimes we spend a lot of our time and energy chasing after things that just won’t last…things that will themselves become dust. A long time ago, I heard someone say that, if you want to know where a person’s priorities (their “treasures”) really are, you just need to look at the two Cs: their Calendar and their Checkbook. Take a moment and think about that: when you look at the two Cs in your life, does it show that you’re storing up treasures on earth or treasures in heaven? -- Rev. Brad Greene