What is our focus on in this life? Is it on material things? Do we place such an importance on the material things of this world, that we forget about what’s really important? Are we only concerned with what we have here, and not with what is valued in the life to come?
Not many of you know this, but in my twenties I struggled with a shopping addiction. I filled my days with shopping because it made me feel better. It felt nice to have the latest and greatest of everything. I shudder now at the mistakes I made- at the materialism I exhibited. I shudder at how I let my worth come from what I bought, and not from God.
Those impulse buys did not fix what was broken. The high of the purchase was soon replaced by buyer’s remorse and credit card bills. It was too late, the damage had already been done. My earthly treasures had cost me dearly.
Fast forward a decade or so- and while I am not perfect, I have definitely learned from my mistakes. Losing (almost) everything taught me what is really important in this life- and it’s not the material things.
It’s the treasures in heaven. It’s the humble prayer offered up at our darkest hour. It’s the relationship that we build with our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s our testimony of the existence of God. It’s the service we give to those in need. It’s the time spent reading holy scripture- and the one-on-one time with our Father in Heaven. It’s the joy found in quality time with family. It’s the love we share with our family and friends. Those are the real treasures- in this life, and the next.
May we seek after what is truly valuable.
Wishing you a beautiful day!