Misplaced Priorities and Values

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34).

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).

Statistical reports claim that in 2012, Americans spent over 11 billion dollars on cosmetic surgeries such as face and body lifts, Botox injections, breast augmentations, liposuction, and other optional, reconstructive surgeries. An increasing number of men in every age group are also seeking plastic surgeries. As I read these reports, I felt ashamed of this excessive expenditure when so many people in the world are going without the basics of food, shelter, and critical medical treatment. In my opinion this excessive spending is a reflection of misplaced priorities and values. I like this quote: “Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.” Create a lifeWhat are we doing to build and strengthen the inner soul? How much time do we spend nurturing others and feeding our spirit? How often do we reach out a helping hand to those in need? How does this compare with time and resources spent on external things? I need this reminder to always remember these words from the Bible: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:1).

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