When was the last time you had a “raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure?” Mark Twain insinuated in his writing there would come a time when all of us who are “rightly constructed” would be captivated by such a desire. If Mark Twain was correct I wonder why so many of us miss the treasure hunt or fail to see the valuable gems hidden right before our eyes?
Are we too lazy to look? Too bored with routine to believe in buried treasures? Maybe we’re so driven acquiring things of temporal value that we fail to see the eternal treasures hidden in familiar shadows? It was Zero Dean who said, “We never learn what hidden gems lay along the paths we fear to take.”
If you forgot that God intends for your life to be a treasure hunt let’s “Think Red Together” and recall what Jesus said:
What would change in our lives if we approached everyday like a treasure hunt—seeking the kingdom of God in the ordinary places we spend our lives? Would we see people differently? Would we treat them the same? Would joy and adventure become the norm, replacing our yawns of boredom with songs of delight?
One thing is for certain; if we live everyday on a treasure hunt, seeking the kingdom of heaven in our ordinary lives, we will find it, (Matthew 7:7-8 / Jeremiah 29:13) and the hidden treasure will change everything. It will influence our values! We will rethink our priorities! And the trajectory of our lives will be fixed on eternal treasures.
So what are you waiting on? Grab your treasure map and get a shovel. We have some holes to dig!
Larry Stoess is an author, public speaker, and urban church planter. He loves telling stories about how dreaming with God will empower people to make old and broken things new again. Larry and a band of friends founded the Church of the Promise in Louisville's Portland neighborhood; The Table, a pay-what-you-can community café; and Promise Housing Plus, a non-profit construction company. He has written about their experience of dreaming with God in his new book: Think Red.