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Jo 17When our phone rang early one recent Sunday morning, I knew it could not be good news. One of our daughters was calling to tell us their unit had been broken into during the night while they were there asleep and lots of things had been stolen, including wallets, handbag, TV, laptop, mobile phones, wedding ring, as well as all their keys. And they have no household insurance cover.

Where to start in dealing with such an event? The police had already been called, but now, in a hurry, they needed to find out how to cancel credit cards. Then they had to track down a locksmith to change the locks. In the days that have elapsed since then, more things have been discovered missing and more paperwork has had to be done and more running around to fix up this and that.

Our daughter and her husband are not well off and have two small children. They are a struggling young family with a mortgage, trying to meet all their financial obligations in life. On top of that, our son-in-law is studying in his spare time. Yes, they both have jobs, but are not highly paid, so any money or possessions they have are valued and hard won. But when they were robbed, while they were aghast at what they had lost and are still reeling at the thought of how they will pay for it all, they both reached the same key conclusion. What they had lost is only ‘stuff’. Yes, it is important ‘stuff’—especially money! Yet they are safe—and that is the main thing. If they had come out into the living area when things were being taken, who knows what could have happened?

Also, through this whole unpleasant experience, we have seen what a difference the kindness and generosity of others can make. Some have offered the loan or gift of a mobile phone. Some have brought meals. Others have given money. And one family even delivered a spare large TV to them. There is nothing like people helping people, showing God’s love via practical help, is there? Each in their own way, these folk too have realised the importance of relationship with others over hanging onto material possessions.

Truly, the material things we have around us are so temporary. One day we have them—the next, they may be gone. How easily our family can relate to Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-21 right now:

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 you heart will be also.

In 2 Corinthians 4:18, the Apostle Paul also writes:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I’m so glad there will be no jarring wake up call to tell us those unseen heavenly treasures have gone missing, because God has promised they are eternal and will be there, waiting for us. How blessed we truly are when we set our hearts on God!

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