I spent yesterday watching preschool kids’ faces enter the building seeing gold dust (glitter) sprinkled all down the hallway to their classes. They checked their leprechaun traps to see if they caught one but all they found was a mess left behind. Playground time was spent watching children decked out in green searching in every corner and under every piece of playground equipment for gold the tiny Irishmen might have left behind. Eyes were glued to the ground as they worked together and alone to collect their ultimate treasures. They barely noticed the lovely day, the birds chirping and flowers popping out. Their entire focus was on filling up their little bags and cups with gold riches. They found quite a bit…little pea-sized river rock spray painted shiny gold. They kept racing back with glee to show us their latest discovery clutched in their dirty sweaty hands. (The parents were not always quite as excited about taking home the gold treasures as they were!)
Father, how often do we go off on a wild gold hunt for something we believe is what we really need when it is about as valuable as those little rocks? How often have I been distracted from the true treasures of life to chase after something that is empty and meaningless in the scheme of eternity? Our world is full of such glittery attractions…money, fame, wrong relationships, drugs and alcohol, entertainment, staying youthful, keeping fit, partying, self-indulgence… Many of those are not bad, if they don’t become our main focus, our idol. It’s amazing how much of our time, life and energy can be spent chasing after something we think will fulfill us only to discover it doesn’t.
Father, will You show me when I start to get sidetracked by chasing after some glittery thing that is becoming too important. Will You remind me to keep my focus on You and all that is eternal and truly valuable. As I watched these beautiful children scramble around looking for riches, I thought how they were the real treasures. In spite of their occasional acting out and throwing fits, they are worthy of investing my love, time and energy into…as are their families, my co-workers, my own family, friends and strangers. The true eternal riches of life are loving You, Lord, with all my heart, mind and soul which spills out into loving others. I am rich indeed!
“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:33-36
Father, show me what I truly treasure…