Walking around thrift stores & yard sales is always so interesting to me, because sometimes I’ll stumble upon a hidden gem and wonder why the original owner ever got rid of it. At my apartment complex, people put all of their unwanted “junk” next to the dumpster, in case someone wants to snag it before the garbage truck does. Each day there’s something new. Chairs, tables, books, movies…some of which people just decide to abandon when they move.
About a month ago, I was checking out the junk area, just in case something exciting happened to be there. I saw a pile of books…and one of them caught my eye. It was a small new testament bible. I was thrilled, because my bible is enormous, and I had been looking to find a smaller one that I could carry with me when I go out.
I quickly snagged the bible and started flipping through. No notes, no marks, no highlights…it looked untouched. I wondered why this book was trash to someone, when it was such a treasure to me.
I try to consistently check-in with myself to make sure my heart is in the right place. Sometimes I get so caught up in life that I lose track of what I should be prioritizing. Matthew 6:21 says:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
That can be a scary verse for me to read…because it’s a wake-up call. Sometimes my career is what I treasure most. Or my dreams. Worst of all, sometimes money is my treasure. Security. Wanting more things, a bigger apartment, hoping for those worldly “treasures” to fill my heart & soul. But they never do.
It filled me with joy when I realized how much I treasured this little bible I found next to the dumpster…because I felt like I had just found treasure. And if my heart is where my treasure is, I want it to be in God’s word.