The multitude of “Holy” “Grails”

We are a world that appreciates possessions, and the more exceptional and sought after that they are, the more that supposedly gives us increased pleasure and satisfaction for owning them. There are “limited” items and “special edition” items and “gold” versions, but I’ve noticed that the most popular for really “rare” items is the “Holy Grail” classification.

Now this is an odd classification on many levels, but I’m going to focus on collectibles, because for many years I’ve bought and sold sports cards on Ebay. Today, before I started writing, I went on Ebay and searched for “Holy Grail.” Do you know how many entries I found? 10,863!!!!!! 10,863??? Holy Guacamole! That doesn’t sound rare. So then I started looking at some of these “Holy Grails,” and it started getting really comical. I found a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy, 28 different baseball cards including 2 that were made this year, a 1975 Korean Funk record, a Brittney Spears library poster, a John Dillinger wanted poster ( yes, nothing makes me think of God’s love like John Dillinger), and then a multitude of collectibles from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong to own rare stuff, but when we lose all sight of what is really rare and precious in life, we end up spending hundreds of dollars on a piece of cardboard of a prospect that might break his leg next year dancing the funky chicken and never play again. We need to slow down on our deifying of objects and refocus on the Deity Himself. Having some neat uncommon items to enjoy is great, but knowing your Soul is secure is to be part of the truly Holy. Thank you for reading my 9th blog.

Mark Inglis

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