When people speak of treasure, I often think of pirates. Pirates are always on the hunt for treasure. In movies you see them scour maps looking for buried treasure and I always wondered to myself, if people valued their treasure so much, why did they bury it? Wouldn’t they want to enjoy their treasure?
I asked this question on my facebook the other day: “What would you say you treasure the most in this world?” a majority of the people who responded said their treasure is their family. I would agree that my greatest treasure on this earth is my family. If you would have asked me when I was a little girl what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say “A wife, and a mom.” having a family has always been my greatest hope and dream.
The bible says to not store up treasures here on earth, but we ALL have something that is valuable beyond measure, something we treasure. Maybe your treasure is your home, or your career. Maybe your treasure is a pet, or a friendship. Treasure doesn’t have to be something of monetary value, I think the greatest treasures are things that money can’t buy, but we all have something we do treasure here on earth.
The question is, what am I doing with my treasure?
I realized last week specifically, that I am burying my treasure. Instead of taking time to enjoy my treasure, my family, I am letting things of this life bury it. I am letting other things take the place of my family, the family I so desperately wanted. My iphone is burying my treasure. Text upon text come through and there are many MANY times I don’t even look at my family in the eyes when they are talking to me, because I am busy with my phone. (It is hard to admit that, but it’s true) My Facebook is burying my treasure. Instead of playing games with my children or taking time to engage them in meaningful conversation I scroll through my news feed and look at insignificant things in the lives of everyone else. I am scouring the maps of other peoples treasures, instead of enjoying my own. My schedule is burying my treasure. I work full time away from home so my time with my family is extremely limited and instead of making the moments with them count I’m all over the place with different activities and schedules that take me further and further away from them. Sure there are things on my schedule that are important, there are celebrations, friends, ministry, chores, but are those things what I truly treasure, or are they burying my treasure?
It hit me hardest the other day when I walked in the door as my husband was walking the kids down to bed and they started to cry “but we haven’t even seen you today…” and they were right, they hadn’t. I let life completely bury my treasure. Instead of looking them in the eyes and telling them good morning, I rushed them through getting ready because I needed to get to work. Instead of talking to them on the way to the babysitters house I browsed my newsfeed from the passenger seat of the car. Instead of coming home after work, I had a meeting that lasted until passed their bed time. I buried my treasure, I didn’t enjoy it for even a moment that day.
The bible says that where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. Sure I love my family, I love them beyond words but do I show it? Is my heart there with them? Am I being purposeful with my time with them? Would it kill me to put my phone away and look them in the eyes? My iphone isn’t my heart, my facebook isn’t my treasure, my family is.
Here’s the thing about my treasure, there is a thief out there who wants to destroy my treasure and steal it away from me. A “pirate” who is always on the hunt for my treasure and many days I place the map right in his hands. Satan doesn’t want me to pour into my family, he wants me to be so busy and distracted that they will grow up right before my very eyes and I’ll miss it. He wants to separate me from them so as my daughters grow instead of coming to me, they will be so used to being distant from me they will carry on their life without a second thought about where moms is. He wants his hands on my treasure, and yours.
What’s your treasure? Are you burying it, or are you enjoying it while you still have it?
In His Love,