Focus on What Goes to Heaven …
Director of Development/Communications
I recently bought something that at least for me, cost a lot of money. What I bought isn't important to this piece, I suppose, except that before I even got it home — before I'd even had a chance to see how well it worked, we had a mishap with it. Maybe I shouldn't say 'we' had a mishap with it. Someone close to me — but not me — had a mishap with the something that I bought; the something that, at least for me, cost a lot of money.
I stood looking at this newly acquired and yet already damaged possession, and noticed a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. This damage wouldn't be covered with any kind of insurance. I had already paid for my new treasure. And now … I'd have to foot the bill to have it repaired before I even had a chance to use it, or see how it worked.
A testing time, then. A time to examine what I really believe.
I am grateful that, along with the sick feeling in the pit of my gut, another reality graced the predicament I found myself in. A word, really. An instruction or injunction from the Lord Jesus, Himself in Matthew's Gospel came to my frustrated mind. You may know the word to which I refer. It's the verse about 'moth and rust corrupting our treasures.' It's the passage reminding us to keep our eyes on the treasure that goes to heaven, and not on the rickety possessions of this life.
We stood together, staring at the damage done to this newly acquired possession of mine. The party responsible for what was an unavoidable accident said he felt sick. I said, "Me, too. But, this 'thing' isn't going to heaven. People go to heaven. And I want my focus to be on helping you feel better. Don't let it worry you. This is a 'thing.' We never want to get too exited about some 'thing' that will never make the trip to heaven."
My new acquisition is already in a shop, being repaired. But the repair won't last. Sooner or later, moth or rust will corrupt it. Or, who knows? Thieves may even break in and steal it. But those eventualities will never touch another certainty: The investment we make in the lives of people will produce eternal dividends. Things don't go to heaven; People go to heaven.
Thank You, for sharing the vision of CMDA's Center for Well-Being. Our passion is focusing on 'what goes to heaven.'