Thursday, April 26, 2012

What is your "Treasure?"

If someone asked you what your "treasure" in life was, what would it be? Think about all the things you've done or haven't done throughout your life. What has been your focus? Websters defines a treasure as something precious or of great worth.

Think about what motivates you to get out of bed each morning? Is it your family or your job or your love of money or power? Do you want to just succeed in life so you get get a bigger house, or a nicer car, or go on a nicer vacation that your neighbors? What drives you forward? What gets you excited? What "gets you going" as they say? What is your "treasure?"-- the thing that makes life worth living. Have you even taken the time to identify it?

                                Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." 

Are you familiar with the wonderful verse above? No truer words were ever spoken, but often we don't take time to even think about our "treasure" while the demands of life have a hold of us.

As we travel down the road of life, the daily rituals take over. School, career, marriage and kids are the tried and true path that most of us take. Then we get caught up in the activities of raising a family and/or holding down a job. We pay the mortgage and the monthly bills, saving where we can. We all juggle our time between the kids schedules and our own, trying to fit everything in. Then we have the demands of keeping a house running. We squeeze in a vacation once a year or a few days here and there when we can afford the money and the time. And that is the way our lives normally are until the children are grown and gone and it is very happily accepted and enjoyed by most loving parents. I sure know I was very happy in that role and relished my time with my family in those early years.

But, when the kids are gone, you turn around and say, "Hey, what happened to the last 18-20 years of  my life? And now what? My Dad used to tell me that life was like a walk around the block. A father's wisdom is something you can't deny. As I've gotten older, I now know exactly what he meant. Another truism from Dad was "time marches on." Boy, he hit that nail right on the head too. You can't stop it and the older you get, the faster it seems to go!

As most of us begin to age, we look long and hard at our lives and the choices or lack of choices we've made. I think most of us look at ourselves differently as we get more miles under the hood as they say. For me, as I was reevaluating my life, I looked up to my Creator for new direction and renewed focus.

                                                Jesus can help you down the long road of life~ start to finish!

I mean, come on, it's a wonderful thing to have your family - your husband and/or your children engulfing you in those early years and being your "treasure" in life, but is that enough to really ground you? Your family changes, they grow up and move on, and then where is your treasure? Is your treasure your job, career or business? Is it your hobbies - like your love of tennis or golf, photography, scrapbooking, or volunteering for example. Or is it travel bug that has becomes the focus of your new found freedom? Spending time with your grandchildren? Or maybe now, you can really spend more time with your spouse and rekindle the spark of those earlier days. But, what happens when and if you lose your spouse? Then were is your treasure?

Our fast paced world is full of ways to entertain yourself. There is always something to do to keep yourself occupied so you don't really have to think too much. You can stay busy everyday and every night if you want to. You can literally distract yourself and your thoughts until the day you die. But, what do you have at the end of it? Are you fulfilled ~ is that hole in your heart full?

If your treasure is in the Lord Jesus Christ, He will never leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:8 says "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” He is not going anywhere! He is the one that made you and I and He is the one that promises to never leave your side, no matter what until you take your last breath! He will escort you right into your eternal home~

If your true treasure in life is God Almighty, you can totally relax. He has a plan and always has from the moment you were conceived in your mother's womb. Jeremiah 29:11-13 states it like this:  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

He knows the plans He has for you. What a wonderful statement of assurance that is. Relax, He's got a plan for you and for me. But how many of us stop and take the time to tune into Him and seek His plan for us? We're too busy carrying out our own plans. It doesn't matter when you stop and take notice of that promise, but please do because that promise, if followed, can change your life forever. He can help you re-prioritize everything in your life and re-create yourself a thousand times over.

If you stop and earnestly seek God's direction for your life instead of your own direction, He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." 

So, if you're looking around for your treasure in life, look no further, it's easy, look up to the Lord Jesus. He is the greatest treasure on the face of the earth. Let Him be your life's statement. You will never be disappointed.

A friend of mine on Facebook, posted this on her page. I think this one statement pretty much sums it up for me too, so I wanted to share it with you. Very simple, but right to the heart of things:

"I am God's child. I am thankful for everything He blesses me with and will do everything for Him that I can."

I love this song by Alison Krauss. I always want my life to be a Living Prayer to my God~ Enjoy

My verses for today are above in red.

My prayer for today:

Dear Heavenly Father:

You are my treasure Lord. Help me to refocus my life to align myself with you, my treasure, each and every day. Help me to help others learn about the best treasure in life: YOU! Thank you Jesus for my Salvation and thank you Lord for this beautiful day. Thank you for all the blessings you bestow upon me and my family each day, for we know they all come from your Hand.

I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus, my Lord,
Amen and Amen


  1. My treasure is that "pearl of great price," that I have given up all for! What is in the heart comes out the mouth, said the Master. And that is where your treasure is. You can speak to someone for a few days and notice what his main subject he talks about; that is what is in his heart. Good subject. Thanks Nicki, Peace, Mark...

  2. I love your blog. Thank you for being so transparent. I would love to keep in touch with you. Currently my husband and I are caring for our 2 grandchildren after their mom (our daughter) died 3 yrs ago. They both live with brain disorders (as their mother did), and it has only been God's grace that has brought us thus far. I wrote a book that was published last year about my experiences with raising our daughter. It is "God Placed Her in My Path - Lessons Learned from the Furnace of Bipolar Disorder."

    My blog address is My last post was yesterday. You might enjoy reading it.


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