Book Club: Treasuring God in Our Traditions–Where is my treasure?

8 Nov
Book Club

Thanks for joining us for our final day discussing Treasuring God in Our Traditions. If you missed the previous three posts, you’ll find them here, here, and here.

Where is my treasure?

I ask myself this question, and I find myself singing the Matthew 6:21 song from Seeds Family Worship cds….but I digress.


As we wind down our discussion of Treasuring God in Our Traditions, I wanted to end with a final quote from the book. I loved this quote because it  pierced me to the heart…

“But however much we want a significant Christmas celebration for our families, that is not the primary reason for our contemplation and self-examination. Our deeper motivation is the strengthening of our ultimate hope in Jesus.” (Treasuring God in Our Traditions, page 80)

When I think back to reading #2 of Treasuring God in Our Traditions, I will think of this quote; it was exactly what I needed to read. I can easily make an idol in my heart of a tradition that my family is doing for any particular holiday, or….full disclosure here…I can easily make an idol of my family. Ouch. If the tradition itself becomes the focal point of any holiday or celebration–the tail wagging the proverbial dog–rather than strengthening my hope, my children’s hope in Jesus, it is all for naught. I am all for traditions helping us refocus, re-calibrate our wandering hearts. I have even experienced the power of “going through the motions” of a tradition resulting in my cold heart being warmed and moved to worship God. However, if the traditions are the end all, sole focus of our celebrations, then those traditions will be hollow and leave us wanting. As St. Augustine so eloquently penned centuries ago, “For Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.” Our hearts will find peace and rest in Christ alone. Our children’s hearts will find peace and rest in Christ alone. May our “everyday” and “especially” traditions this year and every year make much of Christ.

Thanks for reading along in our first ever Book Club! What were the lessons that you learned? What traditions are you hoping to incorporate this next year?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
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  1. Book Club: Treasuring God in Our Traditions–reflections | Suzanne Shares - November 9, 2013

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