“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Max Lucado tells the story of a little girl who earns enough money to buy a pretty faux pearl necklace. One night her daddy comes to tell her goodnight and asks her, “Do you love me?”
The daughter replies, “Oh, yes, you know I love you!”
“Then give me your pearls,” he says.
“Oh, not my pearls, Daddy! You know I love my pearls.”
Kissing her goodnight, he says, “I understand.”
Several nights pass, then one evening the dad sees tears filling up his little girl’s eyes. He asks, “What’s wrong?”
Holding out her hand, she opens it and offers her strand of pearls to her dad, explaining, “I love my pearls, Daddy, but I love you more.”
The dad accepts the pearls and then reaches into his pocket. He pulls out a beautiful genuine pearl necklace and places it in his daughter’s hand.
Your heavenly Father wants you to open your hand and let go of the temporal things of your world so He can replace them with the genuine eternal things of His kingdom.
— from The 31 Day Believe Devotional by Randy and Rozanne Frazee