While in Memphis I was convinced of taking a trip to Graceland. To be honest (and this is a non-Elvis-fan speaking here) the trip was actual worth it. I learned a lot while taking the tours and viewing all of Elvis’ past possessions and actually seeing the person Elvis Presley alongside the spectacle that he eventually became. I was also reminded about a lot of biblical lessons; one of which was the futility of trying to always have the latest and greatest stuff in life.
While taking the tour through the vehicle museum there was one car that grabbed my attention…well there was more than one, but this car grabbed my attention because of the above reason. The car was a black limousine built by a very expensive brand. But that’s not necessarily why the car grabbed my attention. What grabbed my attention was the technology that the car came with: a phone and a TV. Sure these things were the latest and greatest in Elvis’ heyday, but by today’s standards that technology is the oldest and most worthless forms of what’s available. I even pointed out to my daughter how the screen on the tablet that she plays with was larger than the TV screen that the “king of rock-n-roll” used to watch. How about that? Do you see the point? A three-year-old child of today (whose parents have nowhere near the budget of Elvis, to put it in a non-cruel manner) is able walk around with something that is head and shoulders above anything that Lisa Presley ever had during her childhood of yesterday.
Perhaps there really is something in that lesson from the land of grace (I’m talking Heaven here) after all. And I think that something is something to think about while we chase the cheese in the ole’ rat race.
“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15)