Treasure

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:20-21 KJV

“The soul is a treasure chest; hidden inside of it are priceless jewels.”- Matshona Dhilwayo.

Today, I post with a heavy heart because I treasure my country. I grieve for the families, allies, Afghans and our precious veterans.

A pastor once said in a sermon, “If you want to know what you treasure is, check your checkbook.” And I looked. True words. A card statement works. Online statements work. Receipts. It’s a spiritual mirror which shows my real desires and what I treasure.

 Here’s what I found in my checkbook: Dog, cat and vet expenses. Non-negotiable for me. My tithe to a Christian group that rescues sex trafficked children. Books! And more books. Bills, of course, utilities, maintenance of the home, groceries, Wi-Fi, writing courses, gasoline and car maintenance, clothing, makeup and perfume. But I was astonished at how much I spent on animal expenses and books! Lots! I treasure pets and books. I really do!

Time is another valuable resource that once it’s spent, Whoosh! It’s gone. Where do I spend the most time? Social media is one addictive timewaster. Entertainment, whether it’s TV, gaming, or even online self-improvement gurus. It’s okay to have some downtime, education and fun, but never mistake it for treasure. Sometimes we need to plan our absence from those things that just aren’t treasure.

Some adjustments will be made. I learned books and animals are my soul’s desire, aside from my father, of course. Proof is in my checkbook and card statement. However, my pets may want me to spend more time with them rather than toys, too many treats and yes, a doggie sweater with my favorite football team’s logo. Am I spending for them or as a “quick happiness fix?” Guilt? Definitely applies with our children. I have been guilty of spending money on my children and grandchildren too much, rather than time and experiences. I’ve started a book of my ancestors with photos, stories, and historical events like the Kennedy assassination, 9/11, the Great Depression and plan on sitting with them and sharing the emotional and spiritual aspects too. Possible lessons and insight for all of us. Treasure.

Musings

God is my treasure, too. The “Pearl of Great Price.” There’s always room, lots and lots of room, for improvement. I have invested in seminars, books, several Bibles to know him better. But, like my pets and grandchildren, my treasure is being with him every minute, every hour with gratefulness, being open to all he has for me as I grow up into him. Relationship. Treasure. There’s a big difference between knowledge and experience. As I walk with him, he reveals how precious he is and how precious I am.

Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank you for giving us the most precious gift of all, your greatest treasure, your son. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” Jesus’ blood is more precious than gold. Eternal treasure. And thank you for eternal life that we may be with your forever.

Amen.

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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