Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For where your treasure is...

Last night Jeremy and I were in the kitchen making coffee (decaf or neither of us would have gotten to sleep). I was happily pulling the Coffeemate Italian Sweet Creme creamer out of the fridge door and extracting some spoons from the drawer when I looked up and noticed that Jeremy, unwittingly, was pouring water partly into the coffeemaker...and then a smaller stream partly onto the counter.

"Oh no oh no oh no!" I think I said - and reached over to grab things out of the way. In the process, I knocked the sweet little lid off of our sugar bowl, which crashed to the ground and broke into 17 pieces. I was immediately frustrated and started talking to another, less important, item on the counter. "Why couldn't you have broken instead?" (I've got problems.)

We stood, staring at the ground. I remember Jeremy offering to glue it back together. Though he is excellent at repairing things, I knew it was a lost cause.

"No, it's in too many pieces," I said, sadly. "We'll have to buy another one. It matches our china."

While we commenced to the clean-up session, I tried to cheer myself up as I always do. "They're just things. It's O.K. It doesn't really matter."

And Jeremy spoke up just then. "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..."

"Where sugar bowls don't fall and break," I finished.

"That is definitely not what the verse says," he teased me.

But the sentiment is the same. Isn't that some kind of a relief?? There will be nothing that you will have to replace because it smashes into a million pieces. There will be no dying A/C units, no accidentally defrosted refrigerators, no hardwood gashes or computer crashes in our heavenly mansions.

All will be perfect and our hearts will be happy, because while on earth, we laid up for ourselves treasures in heaven...where moths and rust won't destroy and where thieves won't break in and steal. We've got to pay close attention to where we keep our treasures, because Jesus said that's where our heart will be found. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Where's your heart today? It's not difficult to track it down. How do you spend your time? How proud are you of the things you own? What do you mostly think about?

I'm stepping on my own toes here, so you're not alone. These are some ideas to remember...and keep remembering...I find that I have to remind myself all the stinkin' time!

P.S. Sorry I've been MIA on this blog lately. Life got super busy there last week! But I'm planning to make it up to you with a special giveaway soon. Yes, it's a "thing" and things do break, but this thing will help remind you of other things. Heavenly things. Stay tuned!


Shirley said...

It's also good to remember what won't be coming to heaven with you. Clutter! My friends and I tease each other about this all the time. "Just think. That won't be coming through the Pearly Gates". LOL
Seriously, only the important things will be there.

Kristen said...

Hahaha, Shirley! That's hilarious! I am going to start saying that all the time now...=) But seriously - amen!!

Kimberly Washer said...

Very good post! I love that you talk to yourself and inanimate objects! You and Jeremy are just sooooo sweet!!

Kristen said...

Thanks, Kimberly. I do talk to myself quite a lot. Ha! ;)