A couple told of an experience they had on a cruise trip. The ship crew was handing out little “Monopoly” dollars (fake bills from the board game) for every activity one participated in on-board. The “dollars” could then be redeemed in the gift shop for over-priced trinkets. While we took every opportunity to go ashore and experience the beauty, history, and culture of Europe, and look up long lost friends along the way, one fellow was running from shuffleboard to ping-pong, collecting his "dollars." He missed out on many of the great sights along the way. In the end, we have wonderful memories of our time together, a strengthened relationship, and a bit more understanding of the history of the world. The man that chased the monopoly dollars has a backpack with the ship's logo on it.
The man with the Monopoly dollars is not the only one who gets focused on “trinkets” and misses out on the real treasures of life. Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10). As you make your journey through life make sure you don’t end up with just a bunch of trinkets.
God loves you and has gifts of great value waiting for you.
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