Recently, a 69 year-old recluse from Carson City, Nevada passed away. Many believed he died with only about $200 in his bank account having no will and no relatives. However, as authorities began to clean out his house, they made an amazing discovery when they uncovered over $7 million worth of gold bars and coins hidden throughout the house and garage.
Local detectives have commenced an investigation to find his closest living relative to receive the inheritance. As I thought about that story, I was a bit saddened that a man who had so much seemed to share so little with others.
Now, while most of us do not have $7 million in gold coins and bars stashed away in our garages, we tend to hoard and hide what we do have: wisdom, kindness, patience and love. What a difference we could make if we would share what we lock away in the craziness or laziness of our daily routines when we could be making a difference every day.
The Apostle Paul, understood this same principle when he said, “…We have this treasure in jars of clay…”(2 Corinthians 4)
Elsewhere in Scripture, James said, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”(James 4:17)
So as you think about your life today, try not to bury those good things from your family, friends, neighbors, church and the needy; instead do something good with the gifts that God has given you.
Have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D