After making his money and becoming a success, he still had regrets. A successful businessman remembered the time when, as a high school graduate, he begged his father for a new sports car. On his graduation day, his dad just gave him a Bible. He became so angry he never spoke with his father again. The years passed and he became a success — after all, his father had taught him well. He found a good job, made a lot of money, and even bought his own sports car.

He remembered hearing the news of his father’s death and being too bitter to attend the funeral. Shortly afterward, he flipped through the pages of the Bible his father gave him and found a key taped to a page in the back. It was for the sports car he wanted. Now he had everything he wanted — but his father was dead. Suddenly he realized what was most important in life.

It takes some people a lifetime to learn the most important things in life aren’t things. You can’t put a price tag on the relationship you share with a loved one. How many cars, houses, boats, or millions would you trade for the satisfaction of knowing you have someone who loves and cares for you? The same thing is true in a spiritual sense. If we aren’t careful, we may forfeit godly wisdom for book knowledge, spiritual maturity for a life without difficulties, holiness for happiness, and true love for lust.

Are you allowing things to get in the way of what is most important? Read Matthew 6:19–34 and let it show you what is most important — then apply it to your life. You will find success only in pursuing what God says is important. Then you’ll have no regrets.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder