Monday, April 22, 2013

Message from Jamie Ross, Kindergarten Teacher

Where is your treasure?  Where is your heart?

The words of Jesus from Matthew 6:19-21 (NAS):

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

On the last day of 2012, I attended a celebration of life memorial service. Family & friends said so many wonderful things, but the most profound and touching for me was what a family member said: “We would always give a kiss, hug & I love you before we left home, even if we were only going to be gone for a few minutes.”

I was faced with my own mortality, not too long ago. All the business of life seemed to stay at a stand still for a couple of weeks. I remembered those precious, tender words that Jesus spoke and that my friend spoke. I thought about where my heart and treasure was.

A song, by Deanna Edwards, from an old 33 1/3 LP album came to mind:

Live Each Day

When you live, live every day as if it were the last day that you’ll be living.

When you give, give every day as if it were the last gift that you’ll be giving.

 Don’t ever give with half a heart, or shine with half a light.

Live each day as if it were the last day of your life.

You can’t take back those thoughtless words you said before the dawn was breaking.

But you can say “good-bye” today to all the big mistakes that you were making.

You can take just one more step and give it one more try, living each day as if it were the last day of your life. You don’t have to save the world, just mend one broken heart.

Even if you’ve never loved before, it’s not too late to start.

Love begins where “now” begins, it doesn’t take too much to ease the sorrow.

It matters not what fortune brings, for only God can give tomorrow.

When you sing, let each man hear one sweet song through the strife, living each day as if it were the last day of your life.

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