Wednesday, July 27, 2016

3 Nephi 13:19-21 -- On Hearts and Treasure

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
3 Nephi 13:19-21

This is a great reminder about where we focus our lives.  It's really easy to get attached to temporary things.  The car, the house, the computer, the internet... they all matter and affect us.  Books, LEGOs, games, clothes, shoes, artwork, stuffed turtles, and other possessions... all of these we can develop an affection for.  And in generic form they are not inherently bad or evil.  But when we put them before God, or when we set out hearts on them rather than on eternal things, then we're setting ourselves up for disappointment and loss: broken hearts.  They aren't forever.  We will lose them someday.  Better perhaps to recognize them as temporary, enjoy them while we have them, but look forward to and invest more in things that actually will last.

Today, let's consider what we can do to invest in eternity.  We can love others, and invest in relationships that can endure.  We can learn and study, and gain intelligence and wisdom.  Those things can last.  In collaboration with God, let's think about these possibilities, and where else we should focus our energy and our hearts. :)

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