by Holy Host
Thanksgiving last Thursday leaves many with new family memories, a couple extra pounds and many meals made from leftovers!
Sadly, it’s easy to take what you have –time, talents, money – and give them to the world only saving a few leftovers for God. Leftovers from a meal are practical and fine to use at home, but you wouldn’t serve them to your special dinner guests. In the same way God shouldn’t receive the scraps of your resources, giving Him only what’s left after you have use most of it for everyone else. This is what happens when you focus on building up treasures here instead of building them in heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
There’s nothing wrong with achieving your goals and acquiring things you desire but is there room for God? The Father wants to participate in life with you; He wants to be invited into every aspect of your life. Holy days, “holidays”, were originally a time to stop and refocus, to spend time with God and family and give thanks for what God has given you.
You’re called to love, worship, and praise God with all that you are. You want to take all that God gave you and give it back to Him in some way. Find a balance, a way to take all the time, talents, money and resources you have and give it back to God as a sign of gratitude for all He has given to you. Never serve God your leftovers.