Buying into the Real Treasures

We’ve all heard those verses read. Perhaps at one time we believed in these words:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. -Matthew 6:19-21

Yet the longer we live, the more backwards and ludicrous it seems. In a world that values material things, encourages people to prove their worth by what they can do or show off before the eyes of man. The more envious others are of you, the longer the list you can boast of without taking a breath….that proves you’re SOMEONE.

Ever since I hit thirties, ever since marriage, ever since the need for things hit me this has been a challenge and a wrestle. Perhaps it’s the nesting urge in me. Or perhaps it’s seeing what my friends now have and own. Or moving to Asia….

Don’t get me wrong. I believe it’s good to decorate one’s house, to live comfortably, to have money in your savings account. But this isn’t what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is the desire, the wanting and cravings for things you don’t possess. The voice inside that tells you you’re nothing because you don’t have a glamorous job that’s bringing in the dough or you don’t have any “thing” to show for it.
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This Little Light of Mine: shining in the darkness

We are called to be salt and light in this dark world…and yet it’s such a challenge. It’s not popular, fun or accepted. The definitions of this world pulls and tugs at us. It tells us this is what we want, this is happiness, this is beauty, this is success, this is worth.

When our ears are hard pressed against the rhythms of this world, it’s easy to begin marching to its orders and slowly part from the path of life.

Since moving to Taiwan this has proved to be difficult and lonely at times. The standards, value systems and priorities here are so different from ones I’ve grown accustomed to. Yet I too was once living by the beat of this drummer. And though I’m still a work in progress, God flushed out a lot of the world’s “normal” during the last seven years.

Last night as I watched the short simple video above, Sadie and her friend brought tears to my eyes…….A reminder and encouragement to me from a brave sixteen year old sister in the Lord to keep shining, keep fighting and holding fast to the Word of God, abiding in the vine and BEing God’s daughter. Yes, I’m a citizen of another age. I don’t belong here on earth. I am called to be different.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:2

Keep embracing your Esther moment Sadie!

“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” Esther 4:16