Several years ago, I had read the newspaper account of a young man who had failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the road. He had lost control of his car, which then plummeted down a steep embankment, rolling over and over again. In the process, he was thrown from the vehicle, and tragically, he lost his left arm. When he collected himself, he scrambled to get to some spot where he could assess the damage. Seeing his demolished vintage vehicle, he bellowed, “Oh my Lamborghini, my Lamborghini
Meantime, another driver had come upon the scene and immediately pulled over to assist. He heard this man’s lament over his car, but quickly deduced that this injured man must be in shock.”Let me help you; let’s sit down and let me tend to your injury. We need to stop the bleeding from your severed arm.”
Obviously the man had gone into shock because he was startled by this revelation! Suddenly he understood the gravity of all that was going on; whereupon he cried out, My Rolex! My Rolex!”
Fiction sometimes betrays an all-too-true accounting of the insidious nature of our greed. Our possessions can so possess us that we lose perspective regarding what’s really important in life. It’s not our Lamborghinis (or Fords) or Rolexes (or Timexes – Timices?), houses, jewels, trinkets or wardrobes. It isn’t stuff that’s inherently valuable!
Why not join us this Sunday to hear what is inherently valuable! – as we probe Jesus’ “Parable of the Rich Fool?”