My ultimate goal is to be more of a blessing to those around me.
(what exactly dose that mean? you ask. I will tell you in another post.)
And then, someone recited this verse in another conversation and everything became SO clear to me.
Matthew 6:19-20 (The Message)
19-21"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
When I heard this, it was almost as if I finally understood what it meant for me and my life.
For many years, I thought this verse was telling me that I shouldn't want nice and fancy things... I shouldn't dwell over having dishes or bath towels that matched... some people don't even have dishes or towels just for their bathroom. I shouldn't look to have my own personal computer... we already have one... and that should be good enough... I shouldn't dream of a home with more space and LOTS of closets... I wouldn't need closets if I didn't have all these fancy things... I should be thankful that I have a job and that I found someone, whom I trust, to take care of my son during the day... at least we are not struggling financially... (sigh)
Well, I was wrong in my thinking. I now realise that, to me, the "treasure" in this verse stands for the "Goals" in my life. And my "main goals" are to be a blessing to my husband, to my child, to my family, and to my friends. If we are able to afford nice things here and there in our journey, that's ok! Those nice things are a bonus... but... not my treasures. My treasures are things I will strive for, work hard for, hunt for, dig for (ok... are you now picturing me in a pirate's costume? Please don't. Ha!)....
My ultimate goal is not a house on the beach somewhere.. but a lifestyle where I can take my child and my husband to a beach and build sand castles... and build amazing memories. Those are the blessings and the things that will continue forever... the memories, the connection, the love, the experience... not the house. If we have an opportunity along the way to live in a house on the beach... cool! I will be able to have blessings with my family EVERY DAY when we walk out our back door! But, the house isn't the goal... it would be a bonus.
Now you can see my train of thinking as I continue on my journey. It's something I have to stop and think about every day... I have to train my thoughts toward my real goals, focus on them, and stay true to them.
Here is a great quote to end this post (since you all were picturing me in a pirates costume anyway)
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. "