I’m having writer’s withdrawal. The symptoms include grumpiness and a nagging feeling that I’m not doing what I should. Like dirty dishes in the sink, my computer calls to me. And I feel like a different person when I write — cognitively things feel tidied up and organized. Writing is how I process and a well-constructed sentence conveying just the right thought gives me a high like runners describe. But it does take time and that’s what I’ve had very little of the last two weeks.
But that said, I’m glad to get back to studying and writing about the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus warns against materialism. He says, “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.” This is a time of year where treasures are asked for, sought, pondered, purchased, hoarded, given, and sometimes re-given. Yet is also the time of year in which followers of Christ celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world, and we sing songs about great joy and a remarkably humble yet holy night. But it is easy to get caught up in things, isn’t it? We are bombarded by materialism — advertisements aim to make us feel a discontentment and malls stoke the fire of desire.
But two simple truths are grounding: (1) things pass away; and (2) people do not. As C.S. Lewis quipped none of us has ever met a mere mortal. Think about that. That person who stole your parking spot — immortal. Your boss who appears heartless — immortal. The obnoxious kid with the pungent smell at the party last weekend — immortal. May we experience the love of Christ in the weeks to come, acknowledge that each person is immortal and made in the image of God, and may we share the undying, unfathomable love of Christ with others.
After all, loving others has present and eternal rewards!