What is on the Mantle of your life!

I have a mantle in the main room of my house.  During special times of the year our mantle is the focal point of the holiday.  Normally it has a few special memories of our family.  I have never thought of the mantle of my life.  What do I want to display to those I come in contact with each day.  WOW!  My life has been a mess for the past few months and I have been blessed to be reminded of what matters most.  I can think of three things that I want to define my heart.

1. A gentle heart of compassion. 

2. An understanding of provision.

3. A clear picture of what I treasure most.

Jesus spoke of all three in the Sermon on the Mount.  Here are HIS words.  

“How happy are the humble-minded, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! “How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort! “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them! “Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully satisfied! “Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them! “Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God! “Happy are those who make peace, for they will be sons of God! “Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! “And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake! Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad – for your reward in Heaven is magnificent.”

“So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.  Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”

“Don’t pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!”