For where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be also. – Luke 12:34
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, my Grade 5 class spent the day doing lessons and activities with a focus on the theme of ‘love’. For their morning Bellwork, the students told me about one or two people (or pets) that they loved a lot and to list a few reasons why. A couple of students had concerns that they couldn’t choose between the people they loved and I assured them that just because you pick one person, doesn’t mean you love another any less. The responses and reasons varied, but the majority selected mom or dad (for spending time with them), pets (for cuddling), and one student selected David Beckham (because he is an amazing soccer player). It was special for me to get to read their responses and a great way to start our day. Soul Pancake, the group responsible for the amazing Kid President videos, did an experiment where they measured a persons (self-indicated) level of happiness. They then asked the participants to write a letter to a person in their life that has left a lasting impression. Once the letter was complete, the participants were asked to call the person they wrote to and read their letter. Check out what happened:
I asked my students to do the same and I am curious to hear their stories about what happened when I see them again. I have been thinking a lot about ‘love’ lately and about the different people and things I love. It all started a couple of days ago when I was challenged by my wife (don’t you just love when that happens?). She had come home from work and mentioned that she had forgotten a magazine that was at work (our mail gets delivered there). Immediately, I hoped that it was the latest edition of “The Hockey News”, a magazine I read cover-to-cover every month. My wife told me, however, that it wasn’t “The Hockey News”, but instead “Compassion”, a magazine we receive as a result of having a sponsor child. I was immediately disappointed. I didn’t want to read about children in third world countries. I wanted to read about hockey. Seeing my disappointment, my wife pointed out that it’s pretty sad that I care so much about hockey and so little about the third world.
And so, I began to think about love and about how I am spending the time I have in this world. As Luke pointed out 2000 years ago, where you spend your time, the things you treasure, is also what you love. The list of things I think I love the most would look something like this (and maybe not in this order):
God. Megan. Family. Community. Friends. Justice. Food. My dogs. Being outside. Learning. Reading. Writing.
I really do consider myself as someone who cares about the third world, who wants to build community where I live and where I work, who loves to read and learn about new things. If I look at how I spend my time, however, I see a different picture of what I really love. The things or people I spend the most time with are:
Work. Megan. The dogs. Hockey. Video Games. Browsing the Internet. Watching T.V.
I am hesitating as I write this, because I don’t really want to admit to myself or to the world the things I spend the most time doing. Why do the things I think I love the most and what I actually spend the most time doing not add up? I wonder what would happen if I spent more time doing the things I love and less time on all the other stuff that comes into my life. Would I be happier? More fulfilled? I think it’s time to find out.
Happy Valentine’s Day!