“When it’s all said and done”
We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1Timothy 6:7
It was a sad day for the Ellis family, their father, husband, uncle, grandpa and friend Nate Ellis was being buried today. Screams of “Daddy” from his three children were wailed across “Mount Moriah Cemetery” in New Jersey where the burial was taking place. There were massive people at the cemetery paying their last respect to “Nate the Great” which everyone called him, because of all the good he did for those within his community. They all watched in silence as his casket was being lowered into the ground.
Nate was a good and humble man, with a great big heart. He would give you the shirt off his back and everyone in their town knew who Nate was, even the panhandlers. Nate drove a raggedy old red pickup truck he called “Betsy.” He loved that truck and everyone that knew Nate knew how much he loved his “Betsy.” While some of his buddies and his children were getting new, modern state-of-art cars, Nate didn’t bulge; he remained faithful to “Old Betsy” as she had to him throughout the years. Nate didn’t spend much money on anything. He would wear his shoes down to where you can see holes peeking through the bottom of the sole. His wife would beg for him to buy some new shoes, but Nate just ignored her comments. It wasn’t that Nate was cheap, although one would think he was. Nate just didn’t see wasting his money on what he would call frivolous things. He would ask his wife and children “After all these years, who do I need to impress?” “Besides, when it is my time to go, none of that stuff is coming with me.”
From the sounds of it Nate could have used a new pair of shoes, but he also had a point; he knew that freedom of the mind, body and spirit is what’s most important. Besides you can start to lose sight of the fact that material wealth can’t really serve you in this lift time. Most of us try to keep up with the Joneses, when we don’t know diddley about the Joneses. So often, the things we struggle to achieve ends up enslaving us and all those desires hold us captive. You will find that most people struggle or work their behinds off to attain material wealth. Thus, the cycle begins, because once you have achieved that goal you now have to struggle and work your behind off even more just to maintain what you’ve attained and as you struggle to accomplish you may often begin to have mental and emotional discord.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the pursuit of physical comfort, material wealth or power. However, it is important to remember that there are some things just as equally important, fulfilling and lasting. And the pursuit of those things will more often bring an experience of peace and worthiness that no amount of money can buy. Have you sacrificed your peace of mind and spiritual balance in the pursuit of material wealth, was your quest to do so a blessing or a curse? Is there anything aside from wealth that you can leave behind for others to cherish and use?
Hopefully, this will give us something to think about, because when it is all said and done, we will all leave here with the same things we came here with, and that’s NOTHING!
(The short clipping about Nate is fiction)