Matthew 6:19-33 (NIV)

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.   

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.   

DEVOTION: Julia Denton (Virginia)

While putting the Christmas ornaments away, I discovered that one of them – a handcrafted treasure commemorating our oldest child’s first Christmas – was beginning to disintegrate.  Made of highly varnished bread dough, it had lasted almost 30 years.  “I guess I should have known this one would be temporary,” I said and then realized that all the ornaments are temporary.

Ephemeral, inanimate belongings make up such a large part of daily life.  Increasing numbers of us, it seems, have a hard time letting go of them.  When we are faced with the agonizing need to dispose of a few cherished preschool drawings or sports trophies, it helps to remember that absolutely none of our material possessions will last forever.

Often it is not the items themselves but what they represent that I prize.  As I learn to relinquish my grip on material things in favor of the intangible values they represent, I find the blessings of God’s presence each day.  Though bitter-sweet, letting go of things offers the grace of deepened wisdom as we learn to move forward in life, relying only on God’s eternal presence.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Material possessions will pass away, but God’s love and truth will endure.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to let go of temporary things and focus on what will last-the truth you offer us in Jesus.  Amen.