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June 1, 2024

I take a few different routes when I run in the mornings. One of the reasons is that I won’t get bored of running the same route all the time. On this particular route I ran on this morning, there is a silo standing tall to the right side of the path. You can actually see it when you are driving on 164. I know I have passed by this silo over a hundred times, and every time I see it, I imagine what is stored in it. 

My daughters enjoyed watching their piggy banks fill up whenever they put coins in them. You get satisfaction when you see the level of coins rise to the top of the piggy bank. After a few hours of activity, you get to hear your stomach growl, and you will find comfort when you start consuming food in your stomach. I think by nature, we like to store things up.

King Hezekiah reflects that type human nature very well in 2 Kings 20:13 “And Hezekiah was attentive to them, and showed them all the house of his treasures - the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory - all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.” The king filled up his storage and was very proud of it. (We know that this cost him his kingdom later on).

While storing things up is not wrong (as good stewards, we must be wise in saving up), we must also listen to the words of Jesus. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21. 


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