An alternative ending for Monopoly

Surprisingly, today’s sermon is about Matthew 6:19-24. It’s about what do we treasure here on earth.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

What do we want to store here and store in Heaven? It really comes down to this: What occupies your thoughts and daydreams? What would break your heart if you lost it?

My own personal notes have 1 Timothy 6:6-10 written underneath this section.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

It struck me while I was listening this morning, that’s really what the essence of this challenge is all about.  Being content.  Being grateful and counting my blessings is in essence learning to store up my treasures in Heaven.

And for the record, I’m not actually sure what the alternate ending for Monopoly turned out to be.  The preacher got sort of lost in his notes, and my mind started wandering with these thoughts.  So, let’s just say that it’s the ending where everyone wins.

Hugs,  Melinda

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