Invest in the flip side

I moved west when I was 18 and was blessed with some great Pastors right off the hop. It was a small town church with a big heart. It was the one I took my first missions trip to Mexico with. The one I first played piano and sang on the worship team with. And the one I really had a chance to find some wings in ministry with youth and drama. As scared as I was!

My Pastor gave me, over 10 years ago now, a US $1 bill. I don’t fully remember what he said when he gave it to me, but the intent and heart behind it was that he believed in me and I was to use it as a reminder of all the places I was going to go in life. He was sowing a seed of encouragement.

I still have that $1 bill in my little pink Bible in my purse today. And when I look at it, I remember a father figure in my life who believed in me. He encouraged me to write, play piano, and spoke greatness into me before I ever believed I was great. In fact, that encouragement helped shape what I pursued and thought of myself throughout my 20’s (*sniff…which are now over! πŸ˜‰ )

As I sat in the Saturday sunshine this morning reading Luke 12:31-34 – Jesus was admonishing the people to just focus and seek His kingdom and all the other stuff we tend to get distracted by will be taken care of. He said β€œwhere your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It’s obvious that if we don’t sow seeds into an important relationship, it’s going to die. If I don’t invest in my job, I’m not going to like it. Flip side – if I sow seeds of encouragement, time, gifts, love, fun and so forth…that is exactly what my treasure and reward will be.

So I ask you on this bright sunny morning — where and whom are you investing into? Because 10 years from now, someone might pull out an old $1 bill and remember the impact you made on their life. I figure that’s a treasure worth seeking.

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