Monday, October 27, 2008

Hearts and Treasures

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also". I find it fascinating that He didn't say it the other way around. But regardless of the order, Jesus is saying that our money and our hearts are closely linked.

With that in mind, what does your money say about where your heart is? What is the first check you write on payday? Where does the bulk of your cash go? What are you trying to accomplish with your money? Do you even have a plan? Where does God fit into your budget?

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love sleddogs. I miss running dogs like I'd miss my left hand (I'm left handed, BTW). But, there was a time in my life when I spent more on dog food than in giving to God. Considerably more. I spent more time with my dogs than I did with my family. My priorities were truly out of order. I didn't mean it to be that way, I slid into it. Like the song, "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns says, "It's a slow fade when you give yourself away. People never crumble in a day. It's a slow fade". The song appears to be about moral failure, but its true for priorities as well.

These days, I have a much better grip on my priorities, and it shows in my budget and in my time. But I must always be diligent.

Where is your heart? Even if I don't know you, I bet I can tell you exactly what your priorities are. All I need is 10 minutes with your bank statement. That Jesus guy, He sure knows a thing or two.


Snobound said...

Thanks for fixing the comments section. You've been posting some very good thoughts, IMHO.

Niecey said...

I guess my treasure is in walmart and the gas station...that's where the fattest bit of budget goes, other than rent etc.
Seriously though, this is a great point, in fact our pastor preached on this subject a few weeks ago and it made an impact. Thanks for the reminder about it. It's so important to get our priorities straight in life, and at the end of the day - stuff is just stuff and it will all fade away.