The Contrast

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A long while ago, a painting by Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, was brought to the Antiques Roadshow for appraisal. Born before the Civil War, Robertson did not take up painting until late in life and she saw little fame in her life. The man who brought the painting to be evaluated had lived nearby and his mother was a friend of Grandma Moses. He explained that… “She was just a wonderful friend of the family. And she would let my mother buy these paintings, which she thought had relatively little value. I guess my mother did, too. She probably bought eight or ten paintings in all, and my guess would be for perhaps under ten dollars each.”

The painting that was purchased for around $10 would be appraised at $60,000!  Grandma Moses did not consider her works to be valuable, so she parted with them for next to nothing. How often do we give up that which is priceless for a little temporary pleasure or advantage? How often do we abandon that which matters most for that which matters least?

The best way to determine what matters the most to someone is not to hear what they say but to see what they do. The things we pursue and give our lives to are the things that we truly value the most. When we value what God values we are on the path to wisdom.

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