Last week, Jen and I were talking about how easy it is, to trade ‘trinkets for treasure’. We all do it—in one way or another. Sometimes our trade is super obvious and other times it’s subtle, but either way…it’s no real way to live. Jesus offers us a life that is full. Scripture reveals: the way to live life is to give your life away:
Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.
With the rush of glorious Spring, I have felt this huge compulsion to clean. The sun comes out and embarrassingly enough, the dust seems to glare back at me.
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
I’ve read read this verse in Matthew countless times. Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also, but in the Message translation it cuts deep: The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
So as I marinate on all these things: trinkets-treasures-dust and all the holiness in between. I encourage you to join me in a deep inner and outer Spring cleaning—I know this sounds so cheesy when you say it out-loud, but there is only one way to simplify: you have to shed some things. I’m sure I’m not the only one with things that just need to go.
What do you need to shed today?
Fear. Guilt. Stress. Loneliness. Exhaustion. Pain. Embarrassment.
Maybe it’s clutter, old clothes, movies you never watch, books you’ll never re-read, etc.
The best part is when you let go of things, it makes room for something wonderfully new!