“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Joy is a hope usually equated with happiness, yet as Kahlil Gibran points out, joy is a state of being as well as a state of mind. When we move outside of our own needs and wants, to serve others, then the possibilities for joy are beyond our dreams!
“The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be´- Jesus
Jesus, on the hillside with hundreds, and even thousands of people, described the different types of treasures someone can gather. Part of the message describes things that can be eaten by moths, corroded by rust, or stolen. ADT, car alarms, or locks, can only do so much if the things we treasure can become outdated, break down, or disappear.
Money, jewelry, cars, and houses, are part of everyday American life. So what is a treasure? Jesus considers treasure something larger than items to be consumed, worn, or stored. Today, I look around and take an inventory of the beautiful things, whether in nature, memories of events, people, and relationships that remind me I am alive. Like Jesus said, “It is obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” During these 40 Days of Giving, enjoy the valuables all around, but when it comes to treasure, make sure you gather and share something that will last much longer.
(Scripture references from The Message interpretation of Matthew 6:19-21)
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving” – Robert Louis Stevenson