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“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be, also.” Matthew 6:21.
We were poor when I was growing up, compared to a lot of my friends in school. I never, however, felt deprived; nor did I lack for anything I needed, and my mom, especially, always tried to give us something special at Christmas. She was a gifter, and she loved seeing the pleasure that her gifts brought to the recipients.
One year, I think I was 8 or 9, it was an especially good Christmas. Money must not have been quite so tight, because there were lots of things under the tree. I still remember specific things that I loved, and I treasured them carefully, taking care to put them away at the end of the day.
One of the gifts I remember was a set consisting of a brush, comb, mirror, and a couple of little boxes for trinkets, my little collection of “jewelry,” or whatever treasures I wanted to keep in them. It looked something like this, only you have to imagine all different colors of “jewels” along the edges.
The outstanding feature of this set was that it came with little bags of colored glass shaped into imitations of tiny jewels. The articles had little holes for these decorations, and I spent quite some time gluing the diamond, rubies, and emeralds into a pretty design on each piece of the set.
This particular gift has since faded in my memory. I have no idea what happened to it. Perhaps in our move from Minnesota to Oregon when I was 10, the set was consigned to the give-away box. I really don’t know. But I do remember how much I loved it, and how elegant it made me feel when I used it.
Truly, the things we treasure keep our hearts. I’m 69, and I still clearly remember the excitement and pleasure I took in that gift. These days, my treasures tend to be more centered on the things of the Lord, on my family and friends. As we grow up, we learn what our real treasures are.