"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."
Our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, is beginning to notice commercials on television. Only last month, she would ruefully ask me to return to a program she was watching when one of these tempting, alluring advertisements interrupted her show. Not now! Suddenly, in a spurt of cognitive growth, she sees them just as the purveyors intend: An enticement to own and play with the latest and greatest in the world of toys.
How I wish she could stay forever in the arms of innocence . . .
"Gammie, I want dat one," she says when an enthralling ad for "Crazy Sand" pops up. Actually, this one is akin to play-do, and has all the earmarks of a plausible purchase which would provide ample hours of kinesthetic entertainment for both of us. But, I am called to remind her.
"Virginia, your baby sister is due any day now. Gammie promises that when she is born, Papa and I will take you to the toy store to choose a gift for you and for her. So, in the meantime, think carefully about what you really want."
Think carefully about what you really want . . .
What do we really want from this life God has granted us? Are we living as Christ's example in the world, or are we grasping for every new gadget which glides into our field of vision? Are we content with what we have? Can we give thanks when all is collapsing in around us? Are we remembering daily the ultimate sacrifice our Lord made for us on the cross?
In the wake of past Sunday's Easter celebration, I invite you to contemplate where your treasure lies.
Prayer: Dear Father, let us ever recall where our true treasure lies. Help us to daily acknowledge the sacrifice Your precious Son, Jesus, made for us, and celebrate Easter each and every day of our lives. Amen.