When I asked my 5 year old son what he wanted for his birthday last year he said that he wanted chap stick and a flashlight. He wasn’t kidding either! The truth is I could get him some pens, small notebooks, a calculator, or a few pieces of cardboard and he would be happy. He loves to collect treasures when we go places while getting on his hands and knees to make the most of the opportunities. I have written about this numerous times. Anything can seem valuable to someone who takes the time to appreciate it.
And boy do people appreciate money. People are talking all the time about money and how they can have more of it. Lately this has caught on with my children as they look at things that they now are convinced they need. My older boys want an iPod, for example, because there are angry birds to shoot and fruit to slice with swords. It is amazing how the world has changed, isn’t it? Yet, even with all the awesome technology we must never lose sight of what really matters! The exciting thing for us is that we have been given more than any amount of money. If you took all the money ever made in the world you would still not have the substance of what we have been given.
Our riches are not based in some sort of tangible wealth, but in the person of Jesus Christ. We see this in Hebrews 11 as the writer discusses the disgrace Moses took on because He knew who He served.
“He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” – Hebrews 11:26
What is your heart after? What do you hope to possess? As a follower of Jesus, you have all you need and then some right now in Christ. That is encouraging because so many people wake up in difficult circumstances and with seemingly insurmountable challenges. No matter what your day looks likes, good or bad, please know that you are able to find true meaning, joy, and life in the person of Jesus Christ. He is not just the source of good gifts; He is the gift! You are rich.
“I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.” – Ravi Zacharias
Here are a couple posts on treasures and my son
Treasured Possessions (opens in new window)
Life is Good God’s Loves is Greater (opens in new window)