Things are looking up; I’ve gotten over myself and have begun to change my thoughts to something more positive. The most positive person I know right now is Jesus! I can always count on him to get me through a trying time.
I’ve finished most of the sorting and a good portion of the cleaning at my father-in-law Leroy’s home. One of the best lessons I’ve learned from this experience is that things don’t matter. All the beautiful items that he collected and surrounded himself with are still here, and maybe they kept the memory alive of his past, but they are meaningless to almost everyone else. Do you know what I love finding the most? Photos! I’ve seen more pictures of Richard in his youth than ever before. Then there are youthful photos of Leroy that cause me to tear up as the memories flood back and remind me of why I’m doing what I’m doing. So, today, if you get nothing else out of this devotional, get this; stop wasting your money on useless items, and downsize your collection for the sake of those who come after you. Take a picture of it if it means a lot to you, but make sure you put your face in it! The best gift you can leave your family with is memories.
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand.
As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.
This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? Ecclesiastes 5:13-16