|There is something we can do today to improve our lives: We can understand that every job, every calling, every organization we ever work with that pays us — pays us twice. The first payment is almost worthless, and that’s the one that’s money. The second payment is how you develop as a person and how you positively impact others; that’s the kind that will carry you for the rest of your life. The only thing you take to Heaven is who you become.
The first salary, or paycheck, is what we call an “earthly treasure,” and that’s the one you’re most excited about getting, isn’t it? On payday, typically the Friday of every other week, you’re ready to pay the family bills and go out and buy whatever you want, like a hat, some cupcakes, clothes, or whatever is important to you. However, the second payment is more valuable. It’s the opportunity that’s afforded to you to get to know someone and learn something new. It’s the chance to grow as a person, to hone your skills, elevate in your calling, or simply to pray for someone. Unfortunately, most people throw that payment away if they don’t value it.
Friend, compared to the first salary, the second salary is more precious. It carries the most weight and treasure. It’s a chance to make a difference in someone’s life. The heavenly treasures you build in your heart as you show love and concern for others are valued by God the most!