September 20 - Aim High

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 23:23

Central Thought: The greatest treasure is the one that lasts.

    What are you saving up for? Okay, if you're like most people today, you may not be saving at all. But that doesn't mean you don't have a wish list. If you just had a million dollars…well, that was a fun thought, wasn't it?

    Whether you have a savings plan or not, you are living with certain prizes in mind. There are treasures out there that would be yours if you had the means to obtain them. But what would they be? Sometimes it can be fun to wish for big things and imagine what life would be like if you had them.

    But, some of the things on your list might not be too durable. They simply wouldn't last. Like that million dollars, they spend quickly. You simply can't have your money and spend it too. But there are a few things that keep growing when you use them. That's the list today's Proverb offers—truth, wisdom, discipline, and understanding. These four don't diminish as you use them. Instead, they offer ongoing and increasing dividends to the life that treasures them.

    If you're like most of us, you'll probably never see a million dollars with your name on it. But even if you do, the greater treasures are still those things that grow as you use them. They reward your effort to obtain them with lasting benefit. Why not put them at the top of your wish list?

Devotional Prayer: Lord, I desire the greater gifts You offer me. Give me Your wisdom and Your truth. Help me to live with discipline and great understanding.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 33:13-36:22; Galatians 5:13-26; Psalm 64:1-10; Proverbs 23:23