A recent exercise in our Saturday Sisters group resulted in an a-ha moment. We were given a sheet of paper and asked to list our treasures.
This exercise was a different thought process than just listing what we’re grateful for.
We all know how to answer several ways to say, “Thank you.”
But this was a deeper, more intimate grinding of thoughts. It forced us to that place within where the desires of our hearts somehow meet the destiny God has for each of us.
A treasure can exist within monetary value as in the movie National Treasure. But this type of treasure exists beyond the superficial counting of gold coins.
These are the treasures we cherish and hold close to our hearts — their value incalculable.
Some of the treasures I listed were:
- My son, Caleb and his girlfriend, Sarah
- Creativity and the ability to create with words
- Nature and being outdoors
- Trips to Santa Fe and Taos
- Music and how it takes me out of the ordinary world
- The Five Senses and how they enrich my life
- Pets and animals of all kind – except snakes and spiders
- My flowers
- Watching Sports either on TV or in person
- Lifelong friendships where people accept me for who I am
- My fleece blanket
- Family both near and far
- The heritage of faith that has underscored much of my belief system
- Reading books of all genres
My list of treasures could have continued for several pages. Perhaps I will begin a new journal that lists a different treasure each week.
While writing this blog post, I watched the first snow of the season offer its tiny flakes to the landscape. Winter is not my favorite season, but the first snow each year becomes a treasure of beauty — a reminder that life has begun a new season.
And gratitude that I have a roof over my head and a warm fleece blanket.
A verse in Psalms placed its parentheses around my treasure list. “Find your delight in the Lord. Then he will give you everything your heart really wants” (Psalm 37:4 NIVr).
Everything my heart REALLY wants. So much of our wants are fleeting. We end up buying stuff, then selling it later or donating it to Goodwill. Half the packages under the Christmas tree will be returned or re-gifted to someone else.
But the time together as family, the process of giving and receiving, fellowship around the Christmas table, lights reflecting on the faces of our loved ones — those are treasures.
The things our hearts truly long for become the treasures that enrich our lives and end up giving us the most joy.
Perhaps a Thanksgiving exercise might be to list your treasures. To dig deep into what your heart truly delights in, what you would protect with your life, what you would grieve if it was taken away.
Then study your list of treasures to find hope on gloomy winter days. Like me, you’ll probably realize you possess many treasures that result in a full heart of gratitude.
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