Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 16, 2011
by

Christine Prissel

Sophomore, Environmental Science Major

1 Tm 6:2c-12
Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
Lk 8:1-3

Today’s first reading comes from Timothy. I found this passage to be very interesting. It (like the rest of the Bible) was written hundreds of years ago, yet it continues to speak to our hearts today in the twenty-first century.

I was taken back about halfway through the passage when I read,

"For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it." -1 Tm 6:7

I had to reread these lines many times before I completely came to terms with what they were saying. Whether or not one believes in Christianity, this is not a claim which can be proven. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world taking nothing. It doesn’t matter how much money, what social status or how many material possessions one has; we all leave this world with the ability to take nothing with us. After pondering this for quite some time, I realized what this passage forgets to remind us of is that although we cannot take anything with us, we will leave things behind. I truly believe the greatest accomplishment one can obtain is to leave behind a vast amount of love.

The passage continues with the statement:

"If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that."-1 Tm 6:8

Notice it does not say food, clothing, shelter, a car, an awesome job, a cellphone and the new iPad 4. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. I have no idea what it would be like to live with food, clothing and nothing more. And honestly, I probably wouldn’t be content. Most likely I would be frustrated, upset, and constantly wondering why; why me, why do I have to be the one to live with only food and clothing? But when I think about the previous lines, (For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it) why would I struggle to be content with only food and clothing?

I don’t think this passage is trying to tell us to sell all of our possessions and homes, so that we may live with only food and clothing. Instead, I think it is a message to remind us all to be thankful and content with everything we have been given.   Instead of pursuing more money or status,

"pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness." - 1 Tm 6:11


Because whatever we pursue here, on this earth, is what we will one day leave behind.


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