“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
This statement from Jesus is one of the most poignant verses he speaks into my experience. The statement gets to the very core of my struggle. It reveals so much about me, maybe all of us, as humans. The problem is, how do we assess where our treasures are? Can we be true to ourselves and God, thinking we treasure certain things, when the evidence dictates otherwise?
Here’s a way to determine where our treasure is, or in other words, to determine what we value. We examine:
Our calendar (what we spend our time doing)
Our bank account (what we spend our money on)
Our decisions (who we speak to, ignore, placate, aggravate)
Our conversations (uplifting or gossipy, truth-telling or political)
It is true, actions speak louder than words, and in the end, what we do really matters more than what we say we believe. How are you doing in valuing the things that really matter, versus the things that make for comfort and ease, pleasure and entertainment?
As we enter into this third week of our Thrive Project, allow yourself time to examine and ponder where your treasures are. We think we have “needs” when in actuality we have “desires.” I am asking God to reveal my self-deceptions, and wonder if you might dare to pray for the same thing from God? How might we ask him to help us to see that the things we do with our time, our energies, our words, and, yes, our money, really do reveal the things we value the most?
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you are to be treasured above all things. Your grace and mercy, revealed in your self-giving of yourself for the world, showed that you truly value us. Make us mindful of the ways that we are not treasuring that which is good and right, and help us to turn our hearts to yours. Amen.