“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
It is inevitable that we will experience loss as we go through different seasons of life. Our frail and temporal body will someday fail us or we may lose our jobs during a crisis. Living with the knowledge that earthly things are transient should motivate us to treasure what we have today.
My wife and I are thankful that we can spend time with our aging parents, be it accompanying them to medical appointments, running errands for them, or simply being present with them. These are opportunities to serve and care for them in their later years. Let us treasure whatever time we have with our aging parents and serve them with joy!
As our children move into their late teens and adulthood, they exert their increasing independence. With time, parents will feel they have less influence over their children’s choices and decisions. Letting go can be a painful and emotional experience. Our children need the space and freedom to grow into adulthood. Remember that we, too, were young once. The day will come, sooner than one thinks, when our children will enter adulthood. Let us treasure and enjoy our children now in the current season of their lives.
The loss of friendship can cause us grief. Some friends relocate overseas, some are caught up with work and family, while some have drifted away due to differences in values or a misunderstanding. The loss of emotional connection to a good friend can leave a gaping hole in our heart. Good friends fill our emotional and spiritual tanks when we connect with them authentically and intimately. Trust God to bring kindred friends into our lives. Let us treasure our God-given friends by making time to deepen those relationships.
Above all, we must treasure God for who He is, all that He has done for us and His continued work in us. Our faith in God gives us hope and strength as we face the challenges of life. The Bible tells us that we are His treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10). God loves and treasures us. Let us treasure our relationship with God.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to reevaluate our priorities in life and think about what is truly important and valuable. As we recalibrate our lives in the new normal, let us treasure what we have – family, friends and faith. They are God’s gifts to us.
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