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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: Where Your Treasure Is
By Linda Watson Owen
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I looked through the kitchen window just in time to see the glitter of a coin sail high into the air and back down again. Smiling, I rinsed the last dish of the noon meal under the faucet’s warm flow. I chuckled at my eight year old son’s delight with his twenty-five cent treasure. The highlight of Phillip’s day was when we allowed him to bicycle over to Lucky Chisholm’s nearby gas station and buy the treat of his choosing, usually either chips or a Nehi orange drink. He always came home from his trip with a mischievous grin and a twinkle in his eye ready to tease his sisters just before sharing his ‘catch’ of the day. Today he was enjoying the coin by rolling it, flipping it, and thoroughly examining each letter and image on it. His auburn red hair and freckles gleamed in the sun as he transformed from a store keeper counting his change to a pirate with his piece of eight, and finally into a father lecturing his son on the value of money. I didn’t have to guess where that last idea came from! A few minutes passed, and I heard the familiar slam of the front screen door then Phillip’s uncharacteristically slow steps.
“Are you going to Lucky’s?” I asked.
“No, ma’m,” he said.
“Where’s your quarter, Son?”
“I threw it away.”
“What? You threw it away! Phillip! What’s got into you? You know better than to throw money away!”
“Yes, m’am,” he said again due to his polite southern upbringing.
“Why did you throw it away, Son?” I could see no shame or mischief in his eyes.
“I wanted Jesus to know I love Him more than money, so I threw it away to show Him.”
Phillip’s matter of fact statement took my breath away. His earnest sacrifice came from both his heart and mind.
My son is thirty years old now, married, and lives far away, but his childhood act of love to God still echoes in my heart. Oh, that all God’s children would serve Him with such sacrificial abandon! Oh, that I could find it in my own heart and life to hold the things I treasure in such open hands. What would the world be like if we as God’s children counted the cost, then released all we own into His Heavenly Kingdom?
May the following prayer be on our lips daily:
“Dear Lord, help me this day to give back to you all things, so that your will may be done. May my life glorify You in all ways. So be it. Amen.”
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