“No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

At the store, a father gave his son an empty box and said “Son, you can have anything you want, but you can have only one thing. Make a good choice.” God gives each of us the same opportunity. A million things compete for our affections and our attention, but only one can be on the throne of our hearts.

All these things make promises. Some promise to give us pleasure, some promise to thrill us, some promise to give us a status that will impress people, and some promise to help us escape the pain. We hear voices whispering or shouting these promises all the time. Conversations at work, ads on television and billboards, chat with friends, and all other forms of communication promise to fulfill our dreams. All these things are like competing hawkers at a flea market, trying to convince us to come to their tent to buy what they’re selling.

But we can choose only one thing to put in our box.

Amid the din of all these voices, we have to listen hard to hear another voice that says ” I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) and offer us an adventure and an abundant life; if we allow this thing in our box.