Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Big Picture

Store up your treasure in Heaven.

We've all heard that token of advice before. That simple sentence really came to life in my eyes in all of maybe five minutes.

I didn't want to listen.

A few days ago, I traveled to Atlanta for the Catalyst conference - one of the biggest gatherings of church leaders in the world. On the second afternoon of the conference, some volunteers from a ministry called The 410 Bridge visited our busy booth. I was tired, hungry and sick of talking to people. The last thing I wanted to do was to be caught in a sales pitch by someone else.

But I'm glad I did.

The volunteers explained how they were taking up letters to kids in Africa. All you had to do was write a short line of encouragement on a dry erase board. They took your picture holding up the board with your message, and they'd send it to a child in Africa.

This is the photo of the boy to whom my letter was sent. I received the photo from The 410 Bridge ministry team within about 15 minutes. And all I had to do was jot down a few lines of encouragement.

As a writer (and sometimes over-the-top sappy, sentimental female), the marker kept dancing on the dry erase board, and I didn't want to stop.

In the midst of my pitiful conversation with myself about how exhausted I was, God sunk my heart with humility.

He dropped this beautiful, smiling face in my inbox - along with a humbling sense of peace. By stopping what I was doing and taking a moment to bless someone else, I'm storing up my treasure in Heaven. And there's nothing more important than blessing someone else. After all, that's how we are blessed in return. 


  1. I'm so excited to know that you are a fellow blogger :-) I just read through a lot of your posts - very encouraging stuff!

  2. Oh thank you, Stephanie! Yes, I write for my job, so it's a challenge to spend time keeping up with my own blog, but I love it. :) I'll check out yours, too! Thanks for your kind words!


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