In one of our guest bedrooms, my wife has a large treasure chest. It’s not filled with gold coins. This storage trunk is where she has always kept very important memorabilia—such as a 113 year old quilt made by her grandmother—since the beginning of our marriage over 38 years ago. On the outside of the canvas-covered trunk, are imprinted the initials M. M. for her maternal grandmother, Malinda Mann. This treasure chest is well over 100 years old.

TreasureChestRecently I read about a message given by Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint Church in Atlanta with this name, “Your Life is a Treasure Chest.” In his message, Stanley said, You are a unique blend of experiences, successes, failures, and opportunities that make you a unique treasure.  For you to have a life that counts, you have got to figure out how to leverage all of this for the sake of others.”  I couldn’t agree more.

When I was in my early 40’s, I committed myself to pass on my life learnings to the generations behind me. Since that time, I’ve informally and formally tried to empty my treasure chest of valuables. Like your treasure chest, my failures, my successes, my life experiences, the combinations of good and bad, can all add value to those who are coming behind us.

You’ve probably heard some variation of this quote, “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” That’s not only true of material things, but it is true of those valuables in your “treasure chest” of life experiences. And the older we get, the more our treasure chest grows!

Let me ask you, who could be benefitting from the treasure that is in you? Are you mentoring anyone?  Have you taken inventory of your treasure chest to even know what you have that could bless someone younger?

And don’t forget to your tabulate your failures in the total tally of your treasure chest inventory. Stanley went on to say, “It’s your failures that in some ways makes you a better candidate to communicate to the generation that’s coming behind you.” People don’t just want to know about your successes. They want to make sure they don’t repeat your failures. When you think about it, others can learn far more from your failure than from your success.

So, who could benefit from all the great and not-so-great things in your treasure chest? Ask God to show you. What steps will you take this week to begin to distribute the wealth you’ve stored up?

QUESTION: What is one thing you want to share with the generation after you?  Share your comment below.

 

One response to Your Life Is A Treasure Chest

  1. Robert Dubois on May 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM Reply

    What is one thing you want to share with the generation after you?

    Each person has something extra ordinary in their heart. Dreams that they will want to came reality. You just need to have Faith on it and not fear of it. That’s your Treasure Chest, and each people have inside of them something special, find it out it’s worth to find it. When you find it, you will sell everything to keep it. Because I’m telling you, each dreams that’s God put in your heart it’s a way that He loves you. But first, you need to have Faith if you want to come to past…

    I read in the Bible this scripture; When he saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter say; “Lord, is it you? If it you… tell me to come close to you. And Jesus said; “come with me!” And Peter jumps out the boat and walk on the water few step before he starts to sink. If Peter has more Faith in his heart and not Fear at all, his dream will be in the past. But Peter, start to have Fear in his heart and he was sinking. “Lord Help Me!” He say’s! And Jesus rescues Him.

    When you ask Jesus to help you, don’t fear, don’t have any doubt in your heart and have Faith. This is a promises God give it to you and just for you only.

    You have the right to be frustrated about the circumstance that’s happens into your life but don’t blame anybody, but blame yourself only. It’s always easy to blame other or situation because you don’t want to recognize that In each situation that’s come to you is for one thing, is to learn and chose want you really want for your life. And if you do with love not with bad thought idea, you will have a lovely and happiness life.

    One thing I want to say for young people, the next generation that will come after me. Ask you only one question. Before doing anything, ask to yourself; “Is it with love? I’m doing this or for other reason.” If you do it for love, go for it! If you don’t, don’t do it. Don’t forget life is a way to learn and do not start your life without love. You will not be happy without love. Have a lovely day full of happiness because God wants you to be Happy. Loves you all…

    Robert Dubois, Cape Coral.

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