Revealing Our Values

Tourist hand holding cell phone while taking a photograph of landscape in travel taking a pictureA picture is worth a thousand words.

Here in the US, a constant wifi or 4G signal automatically makes a backup copy of every photograph I take. Knowing my phone wouldn’t work the same in Kenya, I planned ahead for limited storage on my phone and bought a flash drive to transfer the photos onto every few days.

You can imagine my surprise when I found that the photographs of the last ten days in Kenya were missing. I’d like to blame the flash drive, but the hundreds of missing pictures must be the result of “operator error.”

Someone said, “You must be very angry,” but anger wouldn’t return the pictures.

We expend a great deal of emotional strength being angry over things we (1) can’t control and (2) we can’t change. Missing pictures. A spilled drink in the car. A hole in a favorite shirt. The annoying neighbor. Cat barf on the white carpet.

Anger boils for things we value, so what we get upset about reveals where our values lie. What does it say when we are more angry over material possessions, like missing photos, than a righteous anger about the evil lurking in our own attitudes or the sin in the world around us?

An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgressions. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Proverbs 29:22; Matthew 6:21).

** Click here to watch a video of our 2016 ministry trip to Kenya.


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