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! 😉 )

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 “where 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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