It’s a New Year…Time to Check Your Heart

It was a trophy…

But not just any trophy.

It was the Championship Trophy from the ’76-77 NBA Champion Portland Trail Blazers.

And, I was standing next to it.

Blazer Trophy

Chances are that if you’re reading this you’re not a professional basketball player, so this trophy doesn’t mean much to you.

But, I bet there are other things in your life (or maybe even one big thing) that are a lot like that trophy.

You see, that trophy represents a goal that you’ve set.

That trophy is what gives your life purpose.

It’s what you work long hours for.

It’s what you sacrifice a lot of other things for.

For an NBA player, winning that trophy is the ultimate reward for a life devoted to long hours of practice and hard work and sacrifice.

It’s why you’ve probably seen images of Michael Jordan cradling the trophy in his arms and weeping over it after winning one of his six NBA titles.


For him and so many other professional athletes, that trophy is their treasure.

It’s what they’ve spent the majority of their young lives seeking…

I have to admit that seeing that trophy in person was a little anti-climactic.

It looked old and…


Like something you’d put in a closet or store somewhere and forget about.

Seeing it reminded me of something Jesus said.

Something along the lines of…”Don’t do that.  Don’t store up treasure on this earth.  It’s not worth it.  It won’t last.”

Maybe now at the start of a New Year it’s a good time to ask yourself questions like this…

What’s your treasure?

What are you seeking?

What goals have you set for this year?

What gives your life purpose?

Is it worth it?

Or, are you just seeking another trophy…

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.  Matthew 6:19-21


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