Sunday, July 21, 2013

What are your treasures?

I searched several dictionaries to see how it defines treasure, first it always speaks of money, jewels, valuables, something held in high regard, precious.

Treasures, oh treasures could refer to a host of different things.

 I have reflected lately about what the word treasures means in my life past and present. I have held many things over the years in high regard, not that they were all that valuable. I have had collections of nick-nacks and whatnots. Over the years we have had many cars, a motorcycle, a boat,  businesses, jewelry,.............well you get the picture.
All of these things at one time in my life I would have considered a treasure of some sort. You know one must keep up with the Joneses, so to speak:)

I started to think a bit deeper on the subject and what my heart held as treasures past and present. In the past as much as I enjoyed the treasures above I still had other treasures, yet, they weren't tangible items. These were self absorbed "ME TIME" things.

Years ago the Lord began to open my eyes to what my heart treasures were and where my time went. I started to see that as much as I loved my children, I didn't see they were my most valuable treasures. As the Lord slowly peeled away the layers of the old me, I began to see my children in a whole new light. The want for "Me Time" and  tangible items faded away, it was replaced with a great desire to spend time with my children talking with them, teaching them, and getting to know their interests and dreams, loving them fully, and soaking them in. The desire to hold my children as valuable treasures is now a great passion in my life.

I still have some collections that I enjoy, but thankful I now see all of those things are just temporal. My true treasures can last for an eternity!


“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


© Annie W.-T. said...

Few years back I have lots of treasure also. Mostly material things & it was hard to let go but as I get older. My lifestyle started to change and I see the world differently. Also I am tired of my stuff collecting dust and my time spending on cleaning my trinkets.

My treasure now is to enjoy "this moment" with my family & love one. I could replace things but moments is hard to come by. For ex. my nieces graduation, spending time with my senior parents & my mother-in-law, with my husband...

Kay said...

I love this!!
Family is truly a treasure and a gift
from God:)

Kristy said...

Great post. We had some tragic news yesterday about friends of ours losing their 7 year daughter on Friday. It has made me think about my own children and how precious a gift they are from God. I am so thankful they are all healthy and that I can hold and hug them but for how long, we don't know what tomorrow holds. They truly our my most precious treasure.

Amy Joy said...

What a great reminder! God has not blessed me with children yet, and I still find that "me time" is something I treasure above many things. I have found that even without children in my life, I need to put my focus on other things which have real, lasting value

Sally said...

I have a bumper sticker on my car that says, "The best things in life aren't things."

Words to live by.

Rebecca R. said...

So very true, and definitely a timely reminder for me. Thank you for your thoughtful post!