My husband and I recently purchased our first home. As we moved in, I learned that he and I each have our own prized possessions that we adore. My husband is an avid shoe collector, and his shoes filled over four boxes to the brim when we moved in. I love books, and every book I have ever owned is now sitting in two bookcases in our house.

Last week I walked into a nearby estate sale to find an entire room filled with books that were owned by the elderly lady who had passed away. I soon discovered that we had similar interests, and I found myself leaving with twenty new books to add to my shelves at home. As I looked over the books in her home, it made me wonder about what will happen to my own collection when I die and my family no longer has use for them. Then I remembered something Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21:

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Jesus makes it plain and clear–everything we have here on earth is temporary. Shoes will become worn out and unusable. Books will become dusty and old. This verse is a reminder to each of us to think about things that have eternal value. To know that, I look to Jesus and try to find value in the things he treasured while he was on Earth. He valued people above all else; loving them, forgiving them, serving them, teaching them, and helping them.

Most of our possessions won’t last longer than our lifetime. Let’s use the short amount of time we have to value people and store up treasures in heaven by how we treat them and lead them to Jesus. When I get to heaven, my books will be the last thing on my mind. Instead of spending my life worrying about my earthly possessions, I want to focus my time on eternal riches.