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Column: Finding faith in non-material places

Recently, I decided to finally spend money on running clothes again. I found the perfect shorts when I was out with a friend in Southern Denmark. However, as I was walking back to my house, I saw that I somehow managed to lose my shorts.

This was rather frustrating, but I chose not to get really worked up over it, because I didn't have enough time left in my exchange to get worked up over things that I couldn't change. My friend was surprised by how little I was affected by it and, when I explained how I didn't like to get frustrated over material situations that I couldn't control, his response was, "That's very Christian of you."

One of the things that I love about being a Christian is the lack of emphasis on material things. This doesn't mean not needing the basics--it's more about not letting the extra things become a dominant part of your life.

I learned that, when I was in Denmark, no one cared that I couldn't afford super nice clothing. I looked presentable and never looked badly dressed, but I wasn't up to date on the fashion. They did care if I was a kind person and if I was working hard to adapt to Danish culture, though.

Everything was really put into perspective for me and, even as I come home, the surface things don't matter nearly as much as my personality and how I treat others.

In Matthew 6:19-20, the Bible states, "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal."

However, it is possible to invest in things that can't be taken away from you. Take time to invest in relationships and God. While relationships aren't always certain, you can gain a faith from them that no one can take away.