Storing up

Two weeks of sick kids and one week of a husband away makes for a very tired Mama.  When I feel a bit run down and overwhelmed with the sheer volume of things to be accomplished, I tend to turn inward.  My perspective becomes small and all about me and my “stuff”, and I feel like I’m missing the point.

True perspective calls to me to look up, to look outward, to see beyond my problems and my bank account and my plans.  It calls to me to see things in the light of reality.  Reality is, I am blessed.  So very blessed.  I don’t live in poverty, and I don’t worry about my neighborhood hospital making the nightly news.  I don’t worry about losing a child to malnutrition or unchecked disease and my biggest concern with my kids’ education is whether or not they’ll get their own laptop.

Perspective also calls me to see things in the light of eternity.  What am I doing to make a difference?  What am I doing that will last, that will not rust and rot?  I don’t have a lot of answers here.  I’m just feeling challenged as I watch the suffering flash across my screen at night.

Perspective.  I feel like mine needs to change.  Here is one small way that my kids are teaching me to make a lasting difference, Pennies for Peace.  When my kids heard that a penny, while worthless to most of us, will buy a school child in an impoverished country a pencil, they got it. They got a view of life in light of reality and eternity.  That penny could change a life.  In fact, I think it already has.

“Do not store up for yourselves things on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…” Matthew 6:19-20