Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:7-16, NRSV)
I write this blog days after Harvey has finished dropping an exorbitant amount of water on Houston and surrounding areas of Texas. And after watching a video of a friend of my wife’s spouse talk about how a wall missing in their house will mean that everything in that room is just stuff and we will count it all as lost, but at least we are all still alive and safe.
I think of the massive clean up and efforts to restore life to normal. While most of us go about our days outside of Texas as if nothing happened. Not that it isn’t reality, but we are not there, it is not our restoration. We pray for them and send funds and items to help, yet do we get it. As a parishioner told me, I get in my car and come home as any other day. We can’t fathom the loss or the hurting.
Yet all those in the wake of Harvey press on. They press on knowing they are not alone. They press on with assistance from long time friends and family and from strangers. There are efforts of many people dropping in on areas hit by Harvey and helping families clean up and remove debris and restore what they can and rebuild what can’t be fixed.
Because stuff is only that, stuff. And life is about more than stuff.
Do not think of your things as gods, but follow Jesus and help others to see that He is the prize worth pressing on towards. And in that pressing on, others will see His love too!