“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)
There’s nothing like being at work and getting a text from your daughter full of exclamation marks and capital letters. You know the kind of text I am talking about. She was angry and ‘vocal’. Forced to park a block from home, she found her car had been broken into.
This wasn’t just any car. This was the car that she saved up for and bought with her own hard-earned money. She had personalized and babied ‘Tina’ for months. Whoever got into the vehicle had strewn garbage all over and made off with her CD collection. She felt violated and angry!
You know, we’ve had a few vehicles broken into over the years and our home as well. It is disconcerting to know strangers have been going through your things . . . and it’s tough to know they walked off with a few treasures (especially sentimental things like my grandmother’s wedding ring).
What I’ve learned through the loss of some special items is that everything is going to burn eventually. This is how I’ve managed to keep perspective. If the house was on fire, I’d grab my family members – two and four legged – and if I could, my old Bible next to my bed. Would I weep at the loss of memorabilia and a few family antiques? Of course! But in the end, we aren’t taking anything with us. Far better to keep our focus on Him and fill up our hearts with treasures that don’t need security alarms.
Father, we thank You that You are the God of justice and we needn’t look for revenge here on earth. Help us to keep our eyes set on You and our heart focused on Your treasures! Heal our hearts and help us to forgive those who have violated and stolen things from us . . . both tangible and emotional. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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