Do you know what TV show fascinates me? It isn’t the Real Housewives or one of those Survivor spin-offs. It’s The Antiques Roadshow.
I know, I know. There’s no drama on this little hour of British television. But I’m amazed at these treasures passed down from generations past, with owners who aren’t even aware of their value. It makes me wonder if there are treasures sitting around in my own home (or attic), waiting to be discovered.
A couple of weeks ago my parents visited and since they always bring gifts, I went through my kids’ endless pile of toys. I remarked that we needed to make another trip to the local charity store. Except the store I was speaking of isn’t really all that charitable.
“That guy’s made a fortune because people just give their stuff away,” my Dad said, referring to the owner.
He talked about how employees of this store found antiques worth large sums of money. The owners didn’t know what they had, and now someone else is making a profit.
The discussion made me ask myself- what am I giving away that I should be guarding? Are there things that I should be treasuring instead of throwing away?
Except my mind didn’t go to the material stuff. It went to the matters of the heart.
I give away my time scrolling through Facebook, looking at pictures of other people’s memories when I could be making my own.
I give away my hope, looking to others to affirm me when there’s only One who can give me the validation I need.
I give away money, looking to fashion trends to give me a fleeting thrill.
When we take an honest look at our lives, we often find we give our hearts away for fulfillment that quickly fades. We can run around in endless circles chasing the next validation or high and then wonder why we constantly feel depleted.
If we dig into God’s word, it doesn’t tell us to give our hearts away. It tells us to guard them.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
God knows our ADD nature. He knows we need reminders to keep our steps aligned and our eyes fixed on the Author of our hope.
So why do we need to guard our heart? Shouldn’t we keep it open and listen to it like the popular 80’s song suggests?
Yes and no. Guarding our heart doesn’t mean living in fear, cutting ourselves off from relationships, adventures and the abundant life God wants for us.
Guarding our heart means aligning it with God’s Word, letting our decisions flow from the wisdom he freely gives us.
Guarding our heart means letting his love affirm us, not the fleeting things of this world.
Each of us has a treasure worth far more than anything discovered on an antique roadshow or a charity store. Let’s not give it away like yesterday’s garbage.
Let’s guard it, knowing its value. Let’s treat it like the gem it is.