An Attitude of the Heart

 

The sounds of the season.

The smell of Scotch tape.

The smoothness of wrapping paper.

A couple of nights ago, I wrap the gifts and place them underneath our Christmas tree. Suddenly, after taking a swift inventory, my eight year old asks, “Mom, are those all the presents I’m getting?”

My heart sinks when I hear these words.

I begin to challenge myself with questions, “Where is my treasure? Is it tucked underneath an Evergreen tree? Where is my heart? Is it filled with longing for more? These are simple questions, yet the answers define what I live for and whom I serve.

It’s all about our heart attitude.

What’s the attitude of your heart today?

Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths 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.”

Jesus’ words are clear. The earthly treasures that seem significant will lose their sparkle. They will become dull, rusty, and moth eaten. But the treasures we deposit in heaven will last for eternity.

Christmas is a perfect time for heart inventory.

If your heart yearns for what lies beneath shiny tinsel and lights, the material will rule over you. “Though your riches may increase, don’t set your heart on them,” (see Psalm 62:10).

A.W. Tozer said, “Within the human heart things have taken over. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.” Society seems confused about the definition of “used” and “served.” So often we serve the gift rather than the One who came as the gift. We have a tendency to pour our life’s savings into earthly treasures while putting the heavenly ones on lay-away.

Is your heart an issue this year?

Are your treasures misplaced?

I challenge myself this Christmas to be the example for my children…

A mother, 

A woman, 

A wife….

With a heart of contentment rather than one of dissatisfaction: a picture of what storing up heavenly treasures looks like. A picture they can model after for years to come.

Won’t you join me?

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12 Responses

12.13.11

Hi Kelli – I love this post. My girls are teenagers now and I also find that its about how much for me. I love the challenge to be an example. Not easy because you want to ‘give’ as an example which in a way conditions them to ‘receive’. Need to help them focus on them being givers and not nec of gifts, but of themselves and on the ultimate gift, Jesus.
Great post
God bless
Tracy
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12.13.11

what what a blessing Girl love this post God bless

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12.13.11

Love Tozer – what a powerful statement! I can get easily distracted by the material, but my longs to focus on the eternal. It’s all about God or none of it matters.

Many blessings, sweet friend!
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12.13.11

My heart is a daily issue, if not kept in check it quickly takes on that very attitude that Tozer talks about… focusing on the “things” given by God instead of God himself. Christmas IS a perfect time for a heart inventory. If contentment breeds anywhere in the heart, it is sure to surface at Christmas. I’m grateful that for us Christmas has a meaning deeper and much more satisfying than what the world defines it as. Great reminder!

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12.13.11

Oh it is easy to get caught up in the material things, especially this time of year. I want to keep my heart and mind focused on Jesus. Time for that heat inventory!
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12.13.11

Heidi,

**if “discontentment” breeds anywhere in the heart, it is sure to surface at Christmas. Ugh…

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Kelly, I love this post. I think this is a perfect time to instill these truths into your son. For, children are naturally going to think that way. That is why God gave them godly parents.

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12.13.11

Kelli,

I love this post, I have to constantly do a heart check up, am I storing up treasure on earth or seeking that which is eternal? Nothing matters if it not from God, it is all about Him.

Blessings to you Kelli.
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Beautiful, heartfelt post Kelli. Refocusing this season on exactly where we choose to store up our “treasure” is absolutely vital if we’re keeping our eyes on Christ.

Have a Blessed Day!
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Oh that I would lay my treasure at His feet that the treasure of His heart would fill mine.
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Kelli and Heidi,
Hey lovlies, thanks for all of the work you do to make Mothers on Mission so special. I appreciate your work.

Have a wonderful Christmas.
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12.13.11

Ladies, I just wanted to tell you that you rock. Thanks for an inspiring year and for the inspiring comments. I appreciate you and I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the future. God bless you all!

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