Some Things Really are Priceless

Some things really do fit the definition of “priceless.”

I hope MasterCard won’t mind my taking off on their commercials. Their “Priceless” advertisements really struck a chord with me and with the American public.

Last evening Martha and I spent a few very serious minutes talking about the things in life that really count. We had that conversation because of the events that happened during the day.

I simply want to say that the things that really matter in life don’t have much to do with material things. What really matters are family, friends, and church family.

We spent a few minutes thinking about these things because yesterday was such a special day for us. I got to spend some special time with a good friend early in the morning. He is one of those people who prays for me and genuinely cares about me.

Later in the day we had a surprise 80th birthday party for Betty, Martha’s oldest sibling. Martha, Anna, and a number of very special friends gave her a surprise birthday party, probably one of the few birthday parties she’s ever had and the only surprise party. She was overwhelmed with love and appreciation from that group of friends.

I can’t think about things that matter without thinking about church family. For all of my life I have been blessed by a church family–not perfect people but people who cared for others and made a difference.

This is what I have often said: If you find yourself in trouble, go to a church. Though they can’t do everything for you, they will care and seek to provide for your needs.

When I was a seminary professor, I often told students when you find that special place that is within the center of God’s will and your personality meshes with the church’s personality, you should settle down and stay. That’s what I found 25 years ago at First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana. That’s why I settled down and stayed.

What a magnificent journey it has been.

I pray that you will spend some time today thinking about the things in life that are priceless to you. Be sure to thank God for His immeasurable blessings of family, friends, and church family.

Finally, I thank God for the Lord Jesus who came into our world to change it and to bless us with being a part of His very special family.

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3 Comments


  1. Tissie Gibson
    Aug 14, 2014

    Thanks for the reminder! It helps to sit down and think about what really matters in this world and to thank God for our many blessings. Our family, friends and church family are such a blessing, and we need to give thanks for them each and every day.


  2. Celia Sims
    Aug 14, 2014

    Thanks to both you and Martha and FBC friends are filling my life with so many fond and happy memories.


  3. Bonnie ferguson
    Aug 14, 2014

    I agree, family, friends, and church family are a very special part of our daily lives, they are a blessing and special to have.
    Bonnie Ferguson

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[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)