Throwing Money Away

The tired, battle-weary soldier picked up a burning hundred dollar bill and used it to light a cigarette, saying, “I always wanted to do that.” During World War II, as American soldiers evacuated Corregidor, that famous rock in the Philippines, everything that would be of value to the enemy had to be destroyed, including neatly stacked bundles of U.S. currency. Money had very little meaning in the face of the approaching enemy.

I thank God, our veterans, and those who paid the ultimate price that I live in America! I am thankful I have lived in a country with freedom to practice my faith, freedom of speech, and freedom to travel. I am thankful I am blessed with an extended family that loves each other and shares the same faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. I am thankful for a church focused on obeying the command of Jesus to make disciples.

The hundred dollar bill symbolizes what many believe brings happiness and health. But the story above reveals that the more important things in life are not things.

Refugees streamed from Burma to India during World War II. Survival was all that mattered. It was more important to carry a given weight in food than the same weight in gold. They threw their money away. Riches were worthless.

As we again give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday, let us remember what really matters in this life. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 ESV

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