Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. Ephesians 1:3 (GWT)
William Randolph Hearst loved art and would spare no expense to collect artistic treasures that struck his fancy. One day he heard of a particular painting he wanted for his private gallery. He enlisted an agent to search the world over for this treasure.
The agent returned after months of searching telling Hearst the painting had been found. To add to his delight, the painting would cost him nothing. You see, Hearst already owned the painting. It was found in a crate in the Hearst warehouse, along with many other treasures that had never been uncrated.
Often times in our quest for “more,” we forget about the treasures we have. Our health, family, friends, cool breezes on a hot day, a wet kiss from your dog, the warmth of a hug, the satisfaction of a job well done, a sound night's sleep, sunsets and sunrises, full moons, belly laughing and snuggling in front of a warm fireplace with your sweetie.
Did you notice something about all those treasures? They are all free. Grace gifts from our Father who delights to see His children enjoy the treasures of life for which He paid so high a price.
You want to know how to thank Him for all that? Just enjoy it. Take inventory now and then. I think they call it “counting your blessings.” You may have some priceless treasures you haven’t uncrated.
With that in mind, let me leave you with some advice to help you enjoy life a little more.
• Life is short, eat dessert first.
• One day is worth two tomorrows.
• The easiest way to find something you’ve lost is to buy a replacement.
• Never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.
• Out of the mouths of babes come things the parents never should have said.
• Love is like a kid making a jelly sandwich, you can’t spread it without getting some on you.
Check out the basement of your heart. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be. You may be a lot richer than you think!
Kenny Ashley is pastor of The Journey in Lake Wylie.