Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on August 8, 2022 at 8:20 AM|
Monday Meditation – Treasures 8/8/2022
For the past week or so, there have been scripture readings at my church which talk about storing up treasure. The gospel reading from yesterday from Luke proclaimed these words of Jesus: “Do not be afraid of hunger, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.” That last sentiment is also stated in Matthew 6:19-21.
This reading hit home for me because I have been thinking about the stored up items in my own home for some time now.
I am slowly parting with things I do not need, and I am working to change my habit of collecting into a habit of recycling. I also am looking at a few new charities to which I can contribute some of my excess. There are so many people in the world who have much less than I do, and there is no reason that I cannot help them – I just have to DO it.
This does not make me perfect, of course! I have a very long way to go to get to where Jesus asks me to be, and I am very glad that these types of Scriptures keeps popping up in my daily readings to remind me of the treasures that really matter in life.
What should my treasures be? I think they need to be God and my relationship with Him, and a loving attitude of caring and helping others. I already really treasure the time I spend in adoration and in spiritual reading. So maybe I should try to do more of that, as these endeavors draw me closer to my Creator. I also treasure the times when I can donate cash or items to persons or charities that need these things more than I do. What I must also learn is to keep putting these spiritual treasures above the other, trivial treasures that my earthly heart seems to want. It’s not easy, and I’m sure I will continue to be challenged in this area. But I will keep trying.
What treasures do you have? Are they earthly ones? Are they heavenly ones? I encourage you this week to look at your treasures to see if they are truly the right ones. And if something needs to change, make a plan to do it! A blessing may await in the better treasures.
Have a blessed Monday!
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