Contentment #1 – Tea Cups and Treasures
Debbie Gabbara | Community Center Director
When I was a little girl, I loved the rare occasions to go into my great aunt’s house. She did not have any children, and busy little girls were not often invited in. Her house was filled with beautiful delicate treasures that she had collected in her travels around the United States. She had shelves filled with pretty cups and saucers, and all sorts of fun salt-and-pepper shakers. There were puppies, peacocks, bunnies, and even a toaster that had a white piece of toast for the salt and a black piece of toast for the pepper. On the walls were plates from all the different states that she and my great grandparents had visited. I was fascinated by everything!
My aunt was a tall, stern German woman. She had no patience for curious little girls. However, my little sister and I loved the opportunity to get to have a glimpse at all her treasures, so we followed the rule to look but never touch. Unfortunately, the most important thing that I never got the opportunity to see or touch was my aunt’s heart. Money and things were very important to her. Sadly, having a relationship with a curious little girl was not. As an adult, I made a few attempts to invite her into my life, but she never let me into her’s.
1 Timothy 6:6-7 NIV
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”
About ten years ago, my aunt passed away. Her funeral was held at a small church near her home. I was surprised as the pastor told stories of a kind woman who was well liked and involved in her church. I was sad I never knew that lady. I would have loved to sit and talk with her to hear about what God was doing in her life and share with her the joy I had found since fully committing my life to Christ. Just as the verse says, her casket was empty. None of the things that she cared so much about went with her into eternity. My prayer that day was that she had opened her heart to Jesus and found contentment in the greatest gain – Salvation.
Since she had no children, my aunts invited my cousins and me to come when they cleaned out her house. I felt terrible to think about taking something for myself, but all her beautiful things were going to be sold at an estate sale, so I chose a couple of the things that had been so precious to her.
Now on a shelf in my dining room, I have a salt-and-pepper shaker, a camel with two monkeys riding on his back. It makes me smile whenever I see it because it is so silly. I also have a couple of those beautiful, delicate cups and saucers to remind me of my great aunt and great grandmother. At the end of her life, her pastor spoke of a faithful woman that I never knew. I pray that one day we will be together in heaven and I will get to hear the story about what was really important. The story of how she came to know Jesus as Lord and accepted Him as her Savior.