Best Things

I’ve always heard the best things in life are free.

Sunsets, laughter and a friend’s voice in the midst of a harried day….you have to admit, these things are hard to beat.

But if the best things in life are free, then conversely, can we conclude that the free things in life are best?

Somehow when it’s put this way, I want to argue with the idea. I guess I am argumentative because I know that I find myself frequently yearning for stuff that only comes with a price-tag.

My mailbox gets fed regularly with massive quantities of catalogs. Sometimes at night when I’ve read the paper, watched the local news and read my Bible, I reach for one of those catalogs.

It’s right about here that I get stupid.

I glance at the gadgets and the gear of these glossy colored “wish-books” and before you know it, I’m not contented with all the closets full of stuff I already have. These catalogs woo me into yearning for the things I don’t have. I get brainwashed into the notion that if only I had these things, I would be happier, more contented and somehow more complete as a person.

The beautiful sunset enjoyed hours before is somehow devalued and I find myself thinking the best things in life are those I buy with a credit card, cash or check. I’m shocked and embarrassed to admit that I find myself so materialistic, but it’s the truth.

I would hasten to add that I usually don’t succumb to the urge to purchase. For one thing, I don’t have the money it takes to order from some of these upscale outfits. Furthermore, I usually come to my senses and realize I can get by just fine without these items.

So….. when the sun sets tomorrow night, I’ll sit there in awe, knowing that there is nothing that compares with the wondrous enjoyment of the things which God freely gives.

Sunrises, sunsets, birds singing, smiles, hugs, giggles, love, peace, grace, forgiveness…..these are the things that are in the category of bests…..

I think I’ll catalog these in my memory bank. And when the other kind of catalog starts to get the upper hand….I’ll drag this one out.

For these things never go out of style….. and they come with a full warranty from the Creator of the universe. Something better to reach for….wouldn’t you say?

About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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1 Response to Best Things

  1. Pat Crowe says:

    I know what you mean. Being content with what I have often takes a back seat to what I think I need. This reminded me of a song by the group Jars of Clay in which they refer to chasing worldly things as “praying to the god of the lesser things”. I think that’s such an appropriate way to put it. I was also reminded of a time when we were camping and Patrick found a stick and peeled the bark off and discovered that a picture of a perfect bird’s head had “weathered” into the wood under the bark. I told him that God had created that for him and was just waiting for the day that he would find it. In the deepest of my heart I belive that to be true. We live in an amazing world, if we don’t truly believe that God made all those beautiful colors just for us to enjoy, well, it’s as you said – we are missing the best things. Thanks for your inspirations brother.


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