Growing up in the 70s, we had our fair share of stuff: stereos, radios, wood-framed TVs, tape recorders, cameras, and if your family was anything like ours a large brown patterned sofa that almost matched our Dad’s pants.
We had stacks of records, shelves of books, and piles of magazines. If you had a school project you either went to the library to study your topic or opened up one of the 22 hard-cover Encyclopedias that your parents were talked into buying.
Do you know what’s interesting about all of these things? They’re practically useless today. Oh, but we treasured them back then. In fact, we knew a man who took nearly an hour to clean his TV, polishing all of the buttons like a classic old car. Who wants that bulky TV today? Who’s up for Grandma’s old couch? How do you feel about lugging around 22 books? And who wants an old camera when you have a cell phone?
The Bible warns us about earthly treasure, more specifically our faith in it, saying,
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. (Matthew 6:19, KJV)
If all we have is faith in finance and success, we’ll be left disappointed time and again. As I’ve said before, success without holiness is nothing more than a heap of rotting ladders pointing to the sky. Anyone who’s reached “the top” could tell you they’re still longing to be fed.
Like the wise parent He is, God wants something better for us, and offers us more than a crumbling pile of rust.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. (Matthew 6:20, KJV)
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Read Matthew 6:19-34.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. (Matthew 6:19-20, KJV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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