“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)
As we start this New Year, we need to ask
ourselves a very important question.
What really matters?
This is an important question because how you
answer that question will determine not just where you will spend eternity, but the life you lead here on earth.
“There once was a town high in the Alps
that straddled the banks of a beautiful stream.
The stream was fed by springs
that were deep in the earth and deep as the sea.
The water was clear like crystal.
Children laughed and played beside it; swans and geese swam on it. You could see the rocks and the sand and the rainbow trout that swarmed at the bottom.
High in the hills, far beyond anyone’s sight, lived an old man who served as Keeper of the springs.
He had been hired so long ago that no one could remember a time when he wasn’t there.
He would travel from one spring to another in the hills, removing branches or fallen leaves or debris that polluted the water. But his work was unseen.
One year the town council decided they had better things to with their money.
No one supervised the old man anyway.
They had roads to repair and services to
provide. Giving money to a stream-cleaner had become a luxury they could no longer afford.
So the old man left his post. High in the mountains, the springs went untended; twigs and branches and worse muddied the flow. Mud and silt compacted the creek bed; farm wastes turned parts of the stream into stagnant bogs.
At first no one noticed. But after a while, the water was not the same. It began to look brackish.
The swans flew away to live elsewhere.
The water no longer had a crisp scent that drew children to play by it.
The life of the village depended on the stream and the life of the stream depended on the keeper.
The city council reconvened, the money was found, and the old man was rehired. After yet another time, the springs were cleaned, the stream was clean.
The life of a village depended on the health of the stream.
The stream is your soul and you are the keeper.” (John Ortberg)
What really matters as we start the New Year, is our soul and how we care for it.