Friday, August 29, 2008

The Power of Personal Treasures

"Where you keep your treasure is the place you will most want to be -- and will end up being." (Luke 12:34, The Message).

Whatever it is that you value will hold a unique power over your life. You will schedule your time, spend your money, organize your plans, and expend your efforts in direct proportion to the esteem and desire you hold for that thing -- whatever, or whoever it is.

When you love someone, you want to be with them as mush as possible. When you love something, you want to do it as often as possible.

People who love sports are most often, if not always, found in some sort of sport setting. People who love money are always occupied with money talk. People who love the Arts find their greatest joy in visiting Theaters and Museums.

What do you treasure? Good or bad -- it doesn't matter. If you value it; if you treasure it -- you will end up with it.

This puts a premium on the choices our hearts make, and highlights the great importance of making sure that the things we most cherish are heavenly, rather than hellish. For the last thing in the world you would want is for your lifelong desires to end up taking you into hell.

To this end Paul writes, "Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse." (Philippians 4:8, The Message).

Make sure your treasure are of such worth, that you prove to be a worthy person once they take you to be with them.


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