"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also."1
According to Sir Winston Churchill, "An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity." In other words, we all see pretty much what we want to see—often times what is based on our priorities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm."
A Chinese proverb states, "Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes." Whether we have wills or wishes is also based much on our priorities or lack thereof. And Toby Montgomery reminds us that "what we give our time, energy and resources to are what we value most. They are our priorities."
Or as Jesus put it, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
At the close of yet another year may we each examine our priorities and make sure they are in harmony with God’s will for the coming New Year—all year long!
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know what my God-given life purpose is and make that my priority for the New Year. And, with your help, fulfill this purpose for the glory of your name and for the extension of your Kingdom. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV).