When we lost the house, we knew where it was. It wasn’t actually lost – it still existed, it just wasn’t ours anymore. Call it whatever you want- short sale, forced sale, desperate sale because the next step was foreclosure, whatever you call it, we lost it.
When we lost our income, we knew where it went. It went with the cuts the company had to make, it went from full time to part time, it went the way of the economy: down, down, down like the water level of lake during a drought.
When we lost control of our budget, we knew where it went. It was being siphoned out by the monster credit we had naively thought we could control but ended up controlling our every life decision.
We thought we were the only ones. We thought we were just stupid, stupid, stupid (which we were) but found out about a year later that we were apart of the millions who lost a lot of things.
Then it happened. When we moved. When we cut out every thing but the absolute necessities. When we decided that a house didn’t define our family but that our family can make any house, a home. When we realized that as quickly as the good times came with all it’s easy credit and ridiculous loans, it left and took every thing we had with it. That was when we realized that while we lost things, we hadn’t lost everything.
We didn’t lose each other. We fought for our marriage- we fought the riptide of fear that threatened to pull us apart. We fought the vicious waves of disappointment that threatened to drown our love. We held on tight to hope and to each other in a stubborn grasp to survive. It didn’t take our family- we still had two little boys to take care of and were so thankful for them. We repented of our stupidness, asked God to forgive our greed and give us His wisdom. We asked God to help us take care of our little boys and give them what they needed most. Which wasn’t more things. What they needed most were parents who loved each other and loved them.
God never tells us to be irresponsible or lazy but Jesus absolutely made it clear in the Sermon on the Mount to not put trust and security in earthly possessions, for they are so easily lost.
For the millions who have lost many things these last few years in the recession of our generation and for myself, I pray that we see the “treasures” of earth for what they are: wood, paper, metal, stone, crystal. That the gold that is such a precious commodity on earth is used as asphalt to pave the streets in heaven God. That the temporary cannot hold true treasure. That we would treasure what God treasures. For God doe not treasure silver or gold, pearls or jewels. He simply uses them to pave His streets and build gates to house what He does treasure: souls.
God treasures people. God treasures relationship. God treasures you.
We are to trust God to provide for all our needs while we devote ourselves to focusing on laying up, hoarding and building the treasures we get to take to heaven with us: people.
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. (Matthew 6:19-21 MSG)
This blog turned out much longer than I originally intended it to but I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in the struggle, that we were sucked in and stupid. That we asked God for help and He answered. That life is not about things, it is about people. Let go of the things but never let go of the people. Fight for your relationships: your relationship with God first and then with every other relationship that is important to you. Get right in that relationship and He will help you get right in all the rest.