In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”(Matt 6)
Back in 1986, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos were ousted from power in the Philippines in what was knows as the “People’s Revolt.” At that time, the world was shocked by Imelda Marcos’ amazing shoe collection that numbered almost 3,000 pairs.
This was not just any collection of footwear, most of the shoes donned an expensive, famous label like: Gucci, Christian Dior, Ferragamo, Chanel & Prada. The most shocking part of the collection was that while the dictator’s wife had so many pairs of shoes, many individuals in her own country walked around barefooted due to extreme poverty.
Currently, the shoe collection remains ruined by termites, storms and neglect. This shoe fetish reminds me, once again, of the vanity of earthly possessions. The amount of local garage sales and donation sites confirm the extent of excessive, often unneeded, “stuff” we amass. We can become so focused on what we want that we do not see the needs around us. Or, we focus on possessions instead of purpose.
Ask yourself, where are your treasures today? Will they last?
Have a blessed day and be a blessing today!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D