Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Nouns in Perspective

I am sorry I am late getting this posted, but I decided it was important for me to spend some quality time with my daughter last night. It was not more important that this was posted on Monday rather than Tuesday morning, than to be able to spend some time with her.

We didn't do anything important, most of the really good quality time spent with our children isn't doing something important or even a learning experience - although I am all about those things as well. Most of the quality time spent with anyone, but especially our children, is generally those times without agenda or even a plan. We simply watched a favorite movie, did some simple craft project, and ate chips and queso and strawberry shortcake - yummy! The craft project wasn't pressing, just something I saw shopping earlier and thought we could do together. The movie was watched in the bedroom where we could curl up together and repeat every line in the movie word for word because we had watched it so many times before. The food was just the things we like to eat, but didn't take a whole lot of work. Little things - important time.

I saw a church sign yesterday that said:

"Love people
not things.
Use things
not people"

I thought of learning nouns - I learned that nouns are a person, a place or a thing. Taking out places - you are left with people and things - we get confused about these two, but this church sign seemed to put it in perspective. We tend to get things out of order with people and vice versa. We tend to rationalize the loss of perspective like, "I am working all this overtime to provide things for my family." When all your family really wants is you. We really do love things and the money that buys them. This isn't new, you want to know how I know that - Jesus talked about people getting money out of the proper priority with people.

Mary anointed Jesus' feet with expensive ointment or perfume. Judas (who we have the ability to know was a traitor) complained that the perfume could have been sold for a lot of money and...oh yeah, given to the poor. Yes, money is good, yes, being able to help the poor is good, but Mary was honored throughout the gospels as the one who put Jesus before money.

Do we put Jesus before our money? Do we put time with our family before money? Because really things is just what money can buy, especially in our time. We get confused, but just as when Judas was confused, Jesus has the answer. Jesus comes first, our family comes next, everything else comes in the proper perspective if we don't get these two confused.

Is your life in the proper perspective?

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