|Rev. Roger Perry|
"noli me tangere"
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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
(2 Timothy chapter 3 v 1—4)
Tolstoy wrote in ‘Man and Dame’ the sad story of Fortune, the hero who was told that he could have the right to all the land around which he could plough a furrow in one day. Well he started out right with great vigour and intended to encircle enough land that he could manage, but as the day wore on, he desired more and more so he ploughed wider and wider until at the end of the day, there was no possible way he could return to his starting point. Although exhausted, he battled on to do so only to fall victim to a heart attack which killed him. The only ’right’ he managed to obtain was the right to the small 6 foot by 3 foot in which he was buried.
There is an old Malay proverb which says: “give him the leg and he will want the thigh also’.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. (Psalm 119:36)
It is so easy for any of us to lust after more of the good things in life whilst neglecting the basic essentials. Perhaps if more of us were satisfied with what we have, it would be a happier world.