My Treasures

When my life is finally over, I shall be a rich man for I have saved myself some treasure. It is not gold nor money; so no thief will ever be interested in stealing it. It is not physical things nor material possessions; so it will never rot nor be destroyed. It is not something that money can buy.

I have stored memories and the love of family and friends. I have saved all the experiences I have shared with them. I have put together many albums in my mind of the many episodes and stages in life that make up my journey. I have even put in the songs that have been the soundtrack of my life.

My treasure are the people in my life whom I have loved and who have loved me. They will live forever in my heart and memory and so will they in mine. Life indeed is a journey and I cannot imagine my journey any other way than with the family God has given me. There were good days and bad days, days that I was glad and days I was sad. There was laughter and there were the tears. But all in all, the good outweighed the bad; the glad often drowned out the sad. And even the tears were often tears of joy rather than of sadness. I bless the Lord everyday for this gift of family.

The journey of life is a one-way trip to the end, death. And the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. I have chosen to take many turns to make the journey longer and more exciting. I have been blessed with wonderful friends who have met me and joined me in life’s many twists and turns. There have been detours totally unexpected that have brought light and excitement to my life that I would never have imagined possible. There are some detours I should have done earlier and more often. I bless the Lord everyday for this gift of friends.

There are those who store hurts and bitterness. I’d rather store the joys and the blessings I have experienced and have received. Others would store what they have achieved for themselves. I’d rather store what I have done for and with others. There are those who hoard darkness and emptiness. I’d rather revel in the light and the fullness of life.

From all their distress God rescues the just.
~ Psalm 34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”
Matthew 6:19-23

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