Thursday, October 13, 2011

What makes your heart sing?

Having just finished up a sermon series on music, I’m reminded of a delightful question my former pastor used to inquire of those in her care. “What makes your heart sing?” she’d ask. And then she’d listen. It was a way of getting to the heart of the matter. Inevitably, a blank look would come over the person’s face as they began to search their brain, unprepared for this moment of introspection. You always knew the moment they’d found what they were looking for because the blank stare would give way to a broad smile. The very thought of this thing that makes them sing created an involuntary light upon their face.

 The answers would vary: family, making music, teaching, one guy loved classic cars. In the two years I attended that church, I never once heard someone reply, “Making money.” Apparently, we all had enough sense to know that wasn’t the correct answer for church. And yet, I wonder, if money doesn’t make many of our hearts sing? It certainly can make us most of smile when we have it and frown when we don’t. Of course, the second part of that sentence may be a key reason why nobody ever mentioned money as a something that makes their heart sing. As often as money makes us smile, it can also make us want to curse.

Jesus said that where a person’s treasure is, there will be that person’s heart. In fact, what we treasure tends to dictate how we spend our lives (and not just our cash). Some treasures prove better investments than others. Some treasures fill us with songs of joy, while others leave us constantly singing the blues. The wise person learns to treasure that which cannot be lost to the whims of the market or the current status of the job market.

 This leaves us all with the question, “What makes your heart sing?”

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Luke 12:33-34

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