“I just want something to remember Kathy by,” Patricia wailed as she asked Wanda for the solid cherry dresser from the deceased’s bedroom. “Oh, and can I have her dishes, too? The ones with the ivy. That would mean so much to me!”
The executrix agreed as she thought, “The cherry dresser is about the only furniture of worth anywhere in that tiny trailer.” However, she loaded the dresser and the dishes in her truck and took them over to Patricia’s house. Hansel and Gretel’s cottage in the woods was larger.
“How about some iced tea?” Patricia offered as she carried the dishes into the kitchen and waved toward a seat.
Wanda noticed Patricia pondered for a few moments at the sink wondering where to put the dishes. When she opened the cupboard, Patricia scanned the cabinets for space. Where most people had canned goods, she had dish sets for every occasion. Patricia finally piled the dishes on the counter.
When Wanda looked for a seat in the living room, that’s when she noticed the seven recliners jammed together side by side in a circle around a TV.
“Where do you want this dresser?”
Patricia said, “On the patio, I guess.”
So the vintage piece, preserved inside for decades, was now housed under an aluminum awning open to storms, sun, and weather.
Jesus had much to say about money, collecting things, and attitude. The Son of God walked the dusty desert in worn sandals. He had no earthly possessions. But his treasures were priceless. As he said himself, his kingdom is not of this world. Jesus invested in people, showed compassion, patiently mentored his followers, and taught many about faith and miracles. Just as he does with us, Jesus loves us through all our moments—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Perhaps the most astonishing give of love from Jesus is his divine influence opened the doors of heaven for many – then and now.
Remember his words: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, … For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also. Matthew 6:19 -21 NIV
When helping others or giving money, our attitude is the most important focus. Who are we doing this for? And hoarding? Jesus tells the truth: possessions on earth are subject to wear, destruction, or theft. Consider Jesus’ teaching as you invest.
May you always remember the best way to invest and never have to wonder, “Where am I going to put this?” For the treasures of heaven don’t take up any space – except in our hearts.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]