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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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March 2, 2011 - Why Bother?

By Bob Caldwell

Two men in our town were prominent businessmen. Each had their fingers in several different types of endeavors. Each was quite successful.

For reasons that have been lost over the years, they also became bitter rivals. When the older of the two — let’s call him John Doe — opened a restaurant, the other — we can refer to him as William Shakespeare — did the same.

John’s establishment — named for him — did well at first, but over time, its business began to flag. William, though he had his own eatery with his last name on it, approached John about buying his. Absolutely not, John thundered. He also told his children, “When I die, do not sell my place to that William.”

Well the time came that John died. His children were all grown by this time with careers of their own. They were not involved in the family businesses and had never been part of the feud. All they knew is that they had various entities that they needed to sell so that they might split the inheritance between them.

So William came calling. He offered to buy the restaurant that was losing money. They remembered what their father had said, but he was now dead. So they sold it, and the name on the restaurant was promptly changed from John’s to William’s.

This is where I should insert a line about John rolling over in his grave, but we know that wherever his soul is resting, the fate of this restaurant is far beyond his concern.

The Preacher saw this situation more than 2,500 years ago:

“I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:18-23, NIV).

This would probably summarize the feelings of poor John if he could speak to us today. All that work to keep William from getting his restaurant was rendered meaningless by his children. But even so, what did it really matter?Jesus turned this negative into a positive when He 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

We would do well to realize what is important and make that the focus of our lives.

— Bob Caldwell is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.



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