the lure of all things shiny

The world is full of shiny objects.

They catch your eye as you walk – glittering intriguingly at the side of the road. They pull at your focus – look at me! They fascinate and they distract – by their novelty, attractiveness or yes, addictiveness.

I’m easily distracted, and that lies behind a lot of Forgetful HeartI’m often pulled off course, losing my thread and my intentions.

What are the ‘shiny things’ in my life? They may not be bad, exactly – just…mediocre, when I’m called to so much more than mediocre.

We get used to playing with our fragments of fool’s gold or coloured glass, wary of true brightness. It’s too bright for us – it exposes us, shows us up for who we really are. We shy away and play with our shiny, worthless things – but the true light puts them to shame.

But the only ‘shiny things’ I should pay proper heed to are those that reflect the light of Christ – they point me toward him rather than pull me away. Not necessarily explicitly so – they may just contribute to my wellbeing, be ‘good for my soul’ in all manner of ways. They may not even seem that shiny until we dig for them and find, instead of fools’ gold, pearls beyond price.

Lord, help me know the difference between the ‘shiny things’ and the things of true value.

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5 thoughts on “the lure of all things shiny

  1. Refining in the fire to be brought forth as the King’s gold is a painful process. May we in these days be kings and queens and seek not the wealth of this world but the wisdom of the word, live out authentic, pure, real lives from the overflow of the shining light in us..

    Thank you Lucy 🙂

  2. Definitely praying that prayer myself this week! Just got to that point (again) where I’m way too busy and distracted. Realising I need to hard-edit my life as I used to cut over-the-word-limit essays down to size. Going through and asking – does this answer the question or is it a distraction? Really don’t want to be a magpie, collecting lots of bits of shiny paper until there’s no room in the nest for anything else!

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