I can just imagine this cat wondering when his owner will feed him. Perhaps the plant is thinking the same thing as this young lady explores her virtual world. The artificial environment created by software has made it possible to experience anything anywhere! The 3D experience has been used for training, education and entertainment. More and more virtual reality is changing our world and our perceptions. I wonder if it will eventually confuse people as to what is real and what is not.
Today’s verse alludes to a possible confusion between what is considered life and what is “truly life.” This passage is encouraging those who are well-off to be rich in good works and generous in their giving. Being willing to share is what lays up treasure in heaven where moth, rust and thieves will not touch it (Matt. 6;20). But leading a life that is generous does something for us here on earth as well. It allows us to experience a life that is truly life or “life indeed.” There is another dimension to life that one can miss. Living solely for selfish gain is not true life. But when living for others, life becomes richer. In refreshing someone else, we ourselves are refreshed (Prov. 11:25b)
I need to remember this when tempted to envy. True life is not found in what I possess. True life is found in what I can give away. When downsizing from a home of 3000 square feet to just 900 I learned what joy there was in giving so much away!
Lord, do not let me miss out on true life today!