“Search me, O God, and know my heart!” Psalm 1[39:23]
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to lead a group of people into Mexico to build homes for homeless families. Our group built 12 x 12 homes on a dirt floor with a wooden door, a wooden window that could be tied up to allow for a breeze and a ceiling. It was nothing special by most standards.
One of the new “proud” home owners shared his story with me. He said, “I was alone, and asked God for a family. I met my wife, who was alone with three kids. That day God gave me a family. I asked God for a job. A man came to my home and gave me a bus pass so I could go into town to shine shoes. I pray for food. God always sends someone to bring me food. I asked God for a home. Now I have a home. I thank God because I am healthy and wealthy!”
It was not this man’s use of the word ‘wealthy’ that brought me to tears. It was the use of the word ‘healthy’. He was blind in one eye and crippled in one leg.
That day I learned a valuable lesson. The man I met really was healthy and wealthy. Why? He had a heart of contentment and peace, and did not allow society, possessions, or status, to define his value.
Heavenly Father, help me to always keep my eyes on the things in life You find precious, and take my focus off the things that our society values. Amen.