Well, it has been over a week now since we returned from a short vacation to find the bars on our windows removed and our house turned upside-down.
I was not exaggerating when I told friends that we could not walk in our bedroom. Closets and drawers were emptied, papers and files were scattered everywhere, and many "valuables" were taken. We are still not done re-organizing.
Verses that I had just finished preparing for children to memorize in our summer program immediately came to mind: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
Then I listened to the story of a young lady who was orphaned at a young age and grew up in our children's homes. Her life has been changed and she is studying to be a doctor so that she can help others. Her testimony was a timely reminder that our purpose here is to make a difference in kids' lives for eternity. Even if we have lost some earthly treasures along the way and we sometimes feel like packing up and moving away, the children we work with are worth staying for.
Where are your treasures?