Birds and Canvas

If we live, we live to the Lord: and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. - Romans 14:8 (NIV)

Another one I made as a thank you for
 a friend who's helped with advertising.
"One of the incredible realizations we have as Christians is that our relationship with the Lord is eternal. As we seek after him, he is always there and no one can separate us from his love. Even when we die, we go to "be with the Lord." When we sleep in death, we are still "in the Lord." When he returns in glory we will go to "be with the Lord forever." Everything we have on earth is temporary except our love for the Lord Jesus, our praise of God through him, and our friends with whom we share that love and praise!" - Heartlight

This is something one of the ladies I work with at the college has been pondering.
She asked, "what is it to store up treasure in heaven, what does that look like?"  I answered that I have no idea.  She's such a creative thinker that she threw out tons of suggestions; in the end we talked about the old idea that you "can't take it with you" - the many things we collect on this earth.  So since what we do here really does seem to matter, since there does seem to be a relationship between our actions here and its result in heaven - see Matthew 6:19-21“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth 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."

I discovered fabric ink; a new design
I put together for my roommate's birthday
 I just kept thinking of everything we store up in this life that will find its way to the dumpster when we're gone.  Yes, certain things are useful in this life, but since heaven is eternal and our relationship with God is eternal, shouldn't that be what were preparing for, building for, working for?

Once I realize that this God stuff is going to have actual consequences, that heaven is real, that the things I do now will have impact on my life for the rest of eternity, doesn't that change what I spend my time doing - its like when you go to college and you realize you can't spend money like you used to, now you have rent to pay and college bills are coming.  It may seem like no fun at first but then you realize that having shelter and growing your mind - learning, is so much more valuable than those new boots or that new game - you're making in an investment that will bring good fruit.  I'm not just talking about whether you follow Jesus and have found salvation, I'm talking about once we have been with the Lord, putting our treasure where our heart is.  Makes ya re-think your priorities, doesn't it? Just a thought.