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#133: Our Treasure Within

Monday, November 09, 2009

In the background as I write this is a television special on the History Channel about a search for treasure supposedly hidden by outlaw Jesse James. Interesting show. But all shows about hidden treasure fascinate me, whether it be undersea sunken ships or buried treasure allegedly left behind by an entity like James.

In comparison to all of the lost treasure we will never find, however, is one treasure that remains abundantly available -- our treasure within.

This inner treasure may be as simple as an offer to help clean up after dinner or a party or driving someone to a doctor appointment or may be as complicated as organizing a neighborhood cleanup or coordinating a project focusing on literacy, or helping a Scout carry out work needed to earn a merit badge.

Sometimes the treasure within that we can offer someone is only to listen, to extend an ear to a shut-in or perhaps to read books to groups of children. Do you crochet or knit? How about making blankets for nursing home residents?

Are you skilled in woodworking? What about making a few small toys for presents?

Maybe you can offer to cut the yard of someone recovering from surgery or an injury.

We all have a treasure within we can share with others. Sometimes, if we are fortunate, we have more than one treasure waiting to be multiplied by being used for those less fortunate.

Love animals? What about volunteering at a local animal shelter or collecting unneeded blankets and towels to donate to the shelter? Even shredded newspaper is needed as a replacement for more expensive litter.

Whatever your inner treasure, don't hide it, but bring it into the light of day and watch it bloom, very likely into something more valuable than you began with.

For to help another, to offer a hand to one in need, is one of the most noble acts we can make.

What is your inner treasure?

Will you share it today?
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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Great blog, once again!

    Karen
    4129 days ago
  • HAPPYWRITER7
    You blogs are so inspirational Lou. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    4130 days ago
  • WALNUT5612
    Great blog!
    4130 days ago
  • IUHRYTR
    I've never heard of "Bundle Me Warm." What an intriguing idea. And, I never would have thought about giving someone a haircut if I knew how to do that. Great contributions. -- Lou
    4130 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    This time of year, I donate children's winter outerwear like coats, mittens, scarves, hats to a project through the Salvation Army called "Bundle Me Warm."
    4130 days ago
  • IMREADY77
    What a great bolg. I know what your treasure is, mine I'm trying to figure that one out.
    4130 days ago
  • MARYSUPPORTS
    What a wonderful message. We do have so much to give that has nothing to do with money.
    4130 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5594611
    what a wonderful reminder of the abundance of gifts we have to offer without opening our wallets. Thanks!
    4130 days ago
  • UNSURE
    Thanks for the great blog.
    4130 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    I gave a elderly man I know a free hair cut the other day. I always cut my own hair to save money. When my kids were growing up I cut their hair to save money. I have cut my grandchildrens hair when they ask me, as everyone is in a pinch these days, helping whereever I can met the need. It is a good feeling when you can lend a helping hand to someone.

    Your blog made me think of a song I learned in Sunday School when I was young. "This little light of mine, I going let it shine, this little light of mine, I going let it shine, this little light of mine, I going let it shine , let it shine, let it shine , let it shine! Put it under a bushel NO! I going let it shine , let it shine , let it shine, let it shine! Let it shine till Jesus comes, I am going let it shine, let it shine till Jesus comes , I going let it shine, let it shine , let it shine, let it shine!"

    This past Sunday, my 84 year old Mother got up in Church and sang two solos- she let her light shine! I was proud of her.

    May The Lord richly bless you Lou. Hugs, Joy
    4130 days ago
  • BEAMISH7
    WOW. I love this blog, Lou. Just so right.
    4130 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I so agree; and may I add that you continually give of your inner treasure. You are such an example of reaching out to others with the love of Christ, to encourage, support, and extend words of kindness, compassion and help.

    God bless you abundantly;
    Leah
    4130 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    In these difficult economic times, I wish someone would call a halt to buying presents this holiday season and that people would, instead, do exactly what you are saying, give of their skills and time, make homemade gifts. How lovely that would be and so much more meaningful than a store bought gift. Excellent blog, Lou, as ever!!
    4130 days ago
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