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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." (Matthew 6:19) (2 min 18 sec)


    1. Imagine feeling stressed about accumulating enough money.

    This is the ego's voice seeking security in material things. Jesus' words would be an invitation to shift your focus. Practice gratitude for the abundance that already exists in your life, both material and spiritual. This shift in focus brings a sense of inner peace and security, independent of external circumstances.
    "Earth" is a symbol for the physical world, a temporary illusion created by the ego. The ego constantly tempts us to seek satisfaction, security, and identity in external things, such as wealth, status, or relationships.
    However, as Jesus points out in this passage, these earthly "treasures" are vulnerable to loss, decay, and theft. They are impermanent and cannot provide lasting happiness. Putting our faith in them is like building a house on a foundation of sand – it seem stable for a while, but it will eventually crumble.
    The real treasures are the eternal, spiritual gifts that we access by aligning our minds with the Holy Spirit's guidance. Such treasures include love, peace, joy, and the recognition of our oneness with God and each other. They are not subject to the laws of time and space, and they cannot be taken away from us.
    When we "store up" these spiritual treasures, we invest our energy in strengthening our relationship with God. We focus on giving and receiving love, practicing forgiveness, and extending compassion to ourselves and others. These are the true sources of abundance and security.
    Jesus is encouraging us to shift our priorities from the pursuit of temporary, external rewards to the cultivation of eternal, internal gifts. In this way we store up treasures that cannot be destroyed and we find the lasting happiness that we seek.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
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