“We grow to resemble what we love.” — Bernard of Clairvaux

Yeah.. I believe this is true. Which is why it is so important to make sure of where our priorities lie.

I sometimes find myself living in a conflicting manner.. I’ll say with my mouth that following Jesus is my life. I will tell you that God is my top priority.. and I’ll really believe it. But then sometimes I end up living differently. In a way that says my priorities are something other than what I like to think they are. And it’s not bad stuff, ya know.. just the randomness that I spend my money on — shoes [what an addiction..], a cd here and there, fabric for a new dress, scrapbook paper, a book — and the nonsense in which I often find myself wrapped up in, just spending my time as if I had it to waste.

So when I read this quote this morning, it struck me as interesting. It caused me to ask myself: “What do I resemble? If others were to look at my life, with no explanation for anything they saw.. if all they had were my actions, with none of my silly words to get in the way and confuse them, what would they say I really love? Where would they say my priorities are?”

And so, as I go through each day.. each moment.. each second, even.. I want to evaluate what I’m doing. What my money is spent on, what my time is used up with, who I surround myself with, what I think about… all the little aspects that come together to make up my life. I’ve got to make sure of where my treasure really is.. and where my heart needs to be.

“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” [Matthew 6:19-21, NIV]

Do I resemble the One I say I love?