“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” — Matthew 6:19-20
On November 25, 1895 in Leadville, Colorado, a cornerstone of ice was laid that would be the foundation of what would become the largest ice palace ever built in America. The town’s economy had been struggling, so the citizens staged a winter carnival with the palace as the centerpiece.
When it was complete, the palace measured 450 x 320 feet. The towers were 90 feet high and it held a 16,000-square-foot skating rink inside. The townspeople were ecstatic, celebrating their newfound hope as a surge of paying visitors came to Leadville. But as happened every year, spring came, which melted away the palace and sent the visitors home.
The people of Leadville knew the end was coming to their money-making carnival. Yet, they still hoped that this temporary tourist trap would cure their financial ills for good. But it never did.
Unfortunately, countless people do this exact same thing each and every day. They put their hope in temporary things for happiness or security, and then are disappointed time and time again when “spring comes” and the things in which they had so much hope melt away.
Every material thing in this world is temporary and will eventually be destroyed. But God endures forever. Put your faith in Him for your joy and your security because He’ll be there for eternity!
Pray and ask God to help you find your joy in Him, rather than the temporary things of the world.
Questions for thought
Why do you think people are so easily drawn into finding their joy in worldly things?
What are some temporary things to which maybe you’ve ascribed too much value by looking for them to satisfy you?