The True Treasure
by Shirley Scurlock
(Chillicothe Ohio )
I love to write. I am a Christian foremost; a grandmother and a writer.
Scripture: Hebrews 13:5
My prayer is to walk as close to Him in this present life as possible.
The True Treasure
I spent a lot of years trying to excel in one area or the other. My biggest complaint was a lack of money, and the fine things it can buy. I drove to the Local Wal-Mart store in my shabby little car; filled with envy! Oh yes I wanted that car right next to me! You know the one. The one that shines! The one that won't break down on the way home! The one with seats that never met children! My envy only made me sick. I felt like a failure. I felt like everyone was living the life I wanted to live. Nothing I had was good enough.
It wasn't just my car. It was my clothes, my hair, my shoes and anything about me that I could compare to someone else. I wanted to be a winner. I wanted an excellent life. I had no idea that excellence didn't come with money and fine clothes. Those who are rich do not need to worry about excellence. They have excellent things; and if those things break down they'll buy a new one.
The rich seldom treasure anything, because it is too easily obtained. They have too much of it and in every color. My self judgment came because I couldn't buy what they had. I couldn't look like they looked. The treasure they held was just out of my reach. I could see them. I could smell them. I could almost taste them. But I couldn't have them. I felt empty and useless! I felt I would never succeed. In my heart I thought success was having all the things money could buy, and the respect that came with it.
It took forever it seems; for this thick head to understand that the value of a soul is not what it possesses, but the value of the one who possesses the soul! I could have all those things and still not be happy or fulfilled. The more we have; the more we strive to have more! True Excellence comes from inside! Excellence comes from my ability to treasure the "not so new" blessings in my life. Heb 13:5 let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. I can live an excellent life by being grateful for the blessings I already have. I can wash, shine, or sew and make the old like new again. I can treasure my blessings until they feel like blessings again.
True Excellence is not how much you have, but how much Christ has of you. The things of this world are passing away and all mans treasures will one day fade away, but the life of Christ in you will live for eternity and you with Him! Let us treasure all our blessings with the same joy and peace because it is His life in us that will spill out and touch everyone around us!
© Copyright Shirley Scurlock
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