Writing Prompts: Treasure

Part 1: What’s On Your “Most Valuable” List?

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A treasure is riches, wealth, or valuables, often those once considered lost and now rediscovered. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NIV).

Two factors reveal what you value the most: your time and your money.

Writing Prompt

Consider how you invest two things – your time and your money. What do they say about what you treasure the most?

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Part 2: It’s Appraisal Time!  How to Write a Valuation List

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew  6:19-20, NIV).

The trick can be to know the difference between the two.  When you consider the things you value, have they been fleeting or lasting?

Writing Prompt

  • Journal about a “treasure” you once had that has been damaged, destroyed, or taken away.

  • Name another “treasure” that has built up or cultivated your life for the better.

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Part 3: What Distracts You?

Most of us are busy … distracted … even bombarded.  We might feel as if we can’t put aside the phone, the TV, the computer, or email because we’ll miss something important.  Distractions are actually barriers in disguise.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew  6:19, NIV).

Writing Prompt

What activities, people, attitudes, or things stand in your way from storing up treasures in heaven?

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Part 4: Choices, Choices, Choices

Jesus said we choose our treasures. He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20, NIV) You have the choice about what you decide to value — what your treasure is.

Writing Prompt

How do you go about deciding what you value?

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