19 Aug Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 77
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 77- West Palm Beach, Florida: Storing Treasures on Earth
What are our goals in life? How often do we sit down and think about where we are going, want we want in this world, and how we are going to get there? Do we want to buy a house for our family, because we are tired of renting apartments or someone else’s house? Do we want to sacrifice and save money so that our children can go to college? Do we want that new flat screen TV that is 65” inches for the weekend football games in the fall or a new pair of designer shoes that we have been longing to purchase? The fact is that we all are motivated by different aspects of life no matter where we live in the world and from person to person these goals can be drastically different.
In third world countries, the extravagant belongs that we long for in America (American Dream), are not even a thought. People in places around the world, even America, are struggling to get through the winter, ensuring that they have enough food to feed there families, and also are trying to gain access to clean running water. We take a lot of things for granted and forget that storing or collecting things on Earth are really not the way to gain access to Heaven. That does not mean that we cannot have nice possessions in this world, it just means that we should appreciate the belongings that we do have without selling our souls to the devil to gain treasures on Earth.
In the Gospel of Matthew we are taught from Jesus, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal”. If we have a balance in this world of being thankful to God for our blessings while not focusing on all the materialistic possessions, we can maintain a better relationship with Jesus as we secure our place in Heaven. Having our priorities in order will help us understand the message that God is delivering to us, and in turn will also allow us to have a more enriched relationship with Jesus.
Reflection Day #77
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: