Fifth, it reminds you of the truth about yourself.
The truth is that we are weak. We are limited and in need of a limitless one. We are created, dependent upon a creator.
If we get into the bad habit of automatically quenching our every thirst, satisfying our every urge, we begin to forget that we are mortal. Let’s face it, we can continually stuff ourselves with the finest foods, yet we will still end up hungry again and again. It is good for us to instead periodically embrace that physical hunger and let it drive us toward something more lasting (Jn 6:48-51).
The truth is, we’re dust — and to dust we shall return. And not only are we made of dust, but so is most of the stuff we spend our time chasing every day. All of our money, possessions and earthly accomplishments are not important in themselves. They are all fleeting. They are all, ultimately, dust.
We can spend the rest of our lives chasing more dust, or we can spend it chasing the One who breathes life into dust? Think fast.