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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 14, 2010 - Priorities

By Anita Neal Harrison

It’s an old question: If you woke up to your house on fire and had time to grab just one possession, what would you grab? An album? A family Bible? A mother’s wedding band?

It’s an intriguing question to ponder, but unless you arrive at an answer before the fire — and place the chosen treasure next to the bed — it won’t do you much good. Surrounded with smoke and flames, people don’t have the time or presence of mind to make those kinds of decisions.

Life can throw all kinds of emergencies at us, and sometimes, when the heat is on, we will feel tempted to let go of our faith to escape with some other treasure — our status among our peers, perhaps, or maybe our careers, or even our lives. We need to make up our mind before we’re engulfed in a crisis that come what may, the one thing we will hang onto is our relationship with Jesus.

We need to ask ourselves now whether our salvation really is our most precious treasure. If it’s not, the problem is ours, not God’s. Christians who have given their everything to God — who have truly been willing to give Him control of their lives — have found a peace and satisfaction no earthly possession, accomplishment or relationship could bring.

I pray that I will find that place with God. I want to know Him so well and depend on Him so entirely that I would never, ever leave Him behind, no matter what else I might have to abandon.

Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46, NIV).

“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

— Anita Neal Harrison is a freelance writer living in Brumley, Mo.



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