Have you ever thought about how many places you’ve lived? Remember the first apartment you moved into?
Back then it didn’t matter if it had a basement (unless it was a basement apartment) or if it had a garage or backyard. I remember carrying my laundry to a laundromat a block away. I also remember when the lady who lived below me would bang on her ceiling if I walked across the room and the floor squeaked!
Lately, life has been about garage sales and downsizing from a large home to a “townhome” here in Morton. It’s a good change – but I am surprised how much you can accumulate after years. There were many things we once considered treasures that we’ve joyfully let go of recently. (I still have a large dining room table for sale!) Jesus said in Matthew 6:21
“where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Long ago, there was a skit on the TV show Saturday Night Live where someone joked about “living in a van down by the river.” Though I would suggest that caring for one’s family should cause you to aspire to something greater than living in a van, the measure of our possessions should never be the measure of the man.
That brings me to my question, what treasures are coming along with us to Heaven? It’s not going to be my first car, my 1968 Ford “Galaxy 500” rusted away. It’s not going to be my 25th Anniversary Walt Disney Commemorative Watch, it stopped ticking long ago.
It may have taken me some time, but I’ve learned that people are the real treasures of life. I value relationships above possessions and remember that life goes by quickly but our heavenly home is eternal. I’m reminded of what Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Today my heart rejoices when I look into the eyes of new friends here, knowing I will spend forever enjoying God's wonderful family. When I look into the eyes of those outside of God’s family, I want to help them know that it’s not where you live or the car you drive that matters most – it’s who you know. Jesus changes everything, He is preparing a place for all those in His family. One day squeaky floors and dirty laundry won’t matter anymore but our treasured relationships with each other and with Jesus will make all the difference in the world.
Thank you for welcoming and beginning a new relationship with me and my family, we treasure it.