Posted on September 3, 2014
In Mark 6:21, it reads, "Your heart will always be where your treasure is."
When I was a little boy, I remember the days of being raised in our fishing village of Keei in South Kona. There were no county water or electricity back then, so, preserving our resources was very important. My grandfather and grandmother used a "catchment" system to collect water from the rain, however, since, it rarely did, water was a valuable "treasure." I remember helping my grandfather collect branches of wood for the fire pit. In a large tub (pakini), we would fill it with water and heat it in the early evening for bathing purposes. Approximately, 30 feet from fire pit was a separate house for our baths. Inside of its walls, there was another "pakini" filled with cool water. Adding the hot water to the tub made for warm water and a comfortable bath. In the "bath house", we were allowed two "bowl-fulls" of water. One to scrub and another to rinse. With no electricity, kerosene lamps were used and without any television or electronics, most of our time was spent as a family in devotion time and "talk story" conversations.
Today, I can still hear my grandfather's philosophy of life: "Be blessed that you have a roof over your head, food on the table, a place to sleep and love in the home. That's all you need." These were memorable years that I will always cherish; the "treasures" that I discovered shaped my life into the person that I am today.
In a world that emphasizes the "corporate ladder," sometimes our desires can be misplaced. There are those that want a larger home, a bigger car or sizable financial portfolio (nothing's wrong with that) and yet, there are those that face personal struggles, even, homelessness. Both are notable extremes, but, in between there is much to be considered. Personally, I've always said that there's nothing wrong with having the "stuff," as long as the "stuff" don't have you!
With this being said, I'd like for someone to know that a "treasure" isn't something that is measured by "earthly status," but, something of value with a purpose in your heart. There is a "treasure" in all of us and when you discover it, I'd like to encourage you to give it a new identity and look at life through a different perspective.
What will be your "treasure" this school year?