Friday, October 16, 2009

what a wonderful world :)

Matthew 6:19-21 says, "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 your heart will be also."

For years, Matthew 6:21 has been one of my absolute favorite verses for several different reasons. This past weekend I added another reasons to my list. When I was at Disney World (yes, DISNEY WORLD!), there were so many children whose dreams were coming true and parents who were so excited for their little ones to experience the magic of Disney. It was absolutely beautiful, and it made me wish I had a little girl to dress up like a princess and a little boy to dress up like a handsome prince!

I got to see some of the most gorgeous things, and I got to meet most of my favorite characters...including my childhood and present idol, BELLE! Although this was my third visit to Disney, I was able to truly appreciate the whole park more this time because I was old enough to understand how much time and effort had been put into making it so beautiful.

The whole time I was experiencing this awesome park, all I could think about were these three verses. If Disney World has the power to make people feel so alive and add so much joy to the lives of people of all ages, just think how AWESOME is Heaven going to be!

Jesus said that he was going to prepare a place for us in Heaven, and that it would be beyond our wildest dreams. Just think about that for a second. If I could have every single thing I ever wanted here on earth, it still wouldn't compare. I could watch One Tree Hill all day long while eating cheesecake and banana pudding and laying in my warm bed with rain pouring down outside without gaining a single pound. That's what I wish I was doing right now more than anything...and Heaven will blow that out of the water! I can't even wrap my mind around the thought of Heaven being the most peaceful experience I have ever known and, at the same time, the most thrilling experience I have ever known. But I love it!

My treasures on earth don't even scratch the surface of the treasures that await me in Heaven, so where should my heart be? The correct response is Heaven. but so many times I choose to put my heart into things that won't last beyond the day without giving my whole heart to Jesus, the one who died so that my heart could be pure.

Jesus wants my heart to long for him and to ache when I fall away from him. I'm almost positive that Disney World doesn't feel the same way.

So today, I choose to be in love with Jesus. Not with the world or anything it has to offer. None but Jesus.
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