As a child, I longed to be someone who had fantastic adventures, on a desert island, or roaming the seas with Francis Drake and bringing back treasure. It sounded so exciting! The nearest I have got to finding buried treasure is to find a 50 pence piece in a park.
As we grow older, we realise that seeking adventures and buried treasure is not all that it is cracked up to be in the stories we read. Reality sets in and what we imagined to be exciting involved a lot of deprivation and discomfort. It often takes us some time to realise where our treasure is. There are many stories of people who travel, try different things and then realise that the treasure that they were seeking was already theirs.
The Bible says that lasting treasure is found in Jesus Christ. ‘For we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God’ 2 Corinthians 4 v 7. Isn’t it amazing to know that instead of us searching for buried treasure, which is likely to gather dust, lose value, be stolen, God is prepared to share his treasure with us? Our main treasure is the life that we have in and through Jesus and his power to discover the exciting treasures within us, which not only benefit us but others.
Have you discovered your treasures? Some of the treasures that I have discovered are the values that I hold and use in my daily living. Valuing people, their contribution, working collaboratively, leadership, building relationships are but a few. These are some of the values that we hold as ‘core values’ in our courses in Children’s and Youth work. If you haven’t discovered Jesus, your treasures or the values that you hold, think about discovering these and applying them to your work with children and young people.