Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.

Jesus said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21)

    When our children were little we taught them some simple sign language. Children are able to communicate before they are able to talk and giving them a few signs helps them to express themselves. We taught them yes and no, of course. And eat and drink, please, thank you, sit, sleep and 'potty.' But our oldest daughter had one favorite sign that she loved above all the rest; more.
    If you were too slow bringing another spoon of baby food to her mouth, she'd be tapping her fingers together - more.
    If you only gave her one cracker she'd be signing furiously - more.
    Time to turn off the TV? No. More!
    In some ways we all share her fondness for more. Lately, I've begun to think that one of life's more important questions is, "More what?"
    There is a great deal of pressure in our society today to focus on more worldly treasure: more money, more wealth, more house, more car, more clothes, more success and admiration. While the rich man who came to Jesus to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life said that he kept all the commandments, it would seem his main focus was on his possessions, and he just couldn't get by on any less.
    God wants more for us, too, but perhaps a different kind of more. Perhaps more of what Jesus called, "treasure in heaven." This is a more that is focused on what we give rather than what we get, and we see examples throughout the scriptures: more love, more compassion, more kindness, more acceptance, more peace, more forgiveness, more generosity. How different could our world be if we really sought more of this "treasure in heaven" and less of those worldly treasures?
    Wanting more seems to be a basic human trait. A part of our faith journey is learning to want more of what God wants for our world and learning to find joy in more of those heavenly treasures.