02 March 2011

Treasure Your Time

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“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and were thieves break through and steal:

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
 Matthew 6: 19-21

What are things that we treasure? Have we ever stopped to think what’s closest to our hearts?

It could be money, a lot of people want it, and I’ve even got an answer from someone telling me that money would solve many problems. But would it make you happy?

Food is another one. A lot of people are hungry and homeless and feel miserable. So another thing would be a nice home, nothing excessive, just comfortable.

If we were to make a list of things that we like, would time be in it? We need time to go to work and make money, we need it to spend with our families, we need it to read and instruct ourselves.

Time has become almost a commodity. Even if we don’t trade in it, the goods that are traded in wouldn’t be out there if someone hadn’t spent time making something (farming, mining, sewing, cooking, etc)

Time is important. As in the scripture above, it is one of those things that doesn’t corrupt or rust, and it can’t be stolen, it can only be given away. How, you ask? Well, by spending it recklessly, by misusing it and by wrongly expecting it to last forever. Once a moment is past, we can’t get it back. Hence, so many regrets.

President Monson has said:

“The promised reward was not a treasure of ivory, gold, or silver. Neither did it consist of acres of land or a portfolio of stocks and bonds. The Master spoke of riches within the grasp of all—even joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter.”

Sometimes it seems that we have such little faith that we want to accumulate all the goods that we can, right here right now. We want more and more and the Lord blesses us with more than what we need.

The promise is there in the scriptures; we should put our time to use by being involved in good causes.

As always, we welcome your comments.

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