Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pondering Treasures

Today at MOPS, we held our "trash to treasures" meeting. What's this? It's where you get to bring in your trash (clothes your children have outgrown, toys, baby equipment, etc.) and collect "treasures" from others trash. I got to off load some "trash" (in really good shape I should say) but didn't come away with many treasures as my kids are out of the infant/toddler stage (which is what much of the "trash" was for).

Our MOPS mentor then did a devotional that really touched my heart and got me thinking (which always turns into a blog!) She based her devotional on the Bible verse Matthew 6:19-20
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."
So what are our treasures? If you listen to the news, you would think it was material things or things money can buy....clothes, jewelry, houses, furniture, etc. But these are not treasures we can take to heaven. So what should we invest our time and energy in? RELATIONSHIPS! Especially the ones God has blessed us with.....our family.

At that moment I realized that when my mom was the age I am now, she had almost exactly one year of life on earth left. I thought, "How would she have lived differently that last year if she would have heard this devotional?" "How should I live differently this year?" "What should I invest my time and energy in this year?"

So my challenge to you is this: I know that it is really easy to worry about money and the economy right now, especially if you are facing job loss or other anxiety-provoking issues related to the current economy. But please remember that whatever you're holding onto so tightly might not be so important in the big picture. Think about the treasures you can take with you after you die.....time spent with your husband and children, connecting with friends, investing in making a difference in someone else's life, a word of encouragement, a helping hand.....these are treasures that can't be kept in any treasury, but will stay with you through eternity.

1 comment:

sheila said... true. I've also been pondering that. Here is a song I've been reading and singing to myself. I'd rather have Jesus.

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.

I'd rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I'd rather be true to His holy name.

Hes fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He's sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He's all that my hungering spirit needs,
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin's dread sway,
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I'm constantly asking myself, what am I putting before Jesus or family or easy to do.

love ya