Spiritual Practice


Nathan Mazzuca & Heather Burcham

I cried during the Super Bowl last year. Now that’s embarrassing! I cried because my beloved Seattle Seahawks finally won. Yet, as I cried these tears of happiness, I began to understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Your heart will always be where your treasure is.”

Nothing is wrong with passionately loving a sports team or going all out for any silly thing that brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Jesus meant that we are tied and tethered to whatever we value most. The lesson from Jesus is that we can enjoy football, but we should treasure things of significantly greater value. The reason is simple: Our hearts are attached to what we value most. I love the Seahawks, but I need to check my heart to be sure I treasure Jesus, family, and eternal things significantly more.

—Nathan Mazzuca


Your heart will always be where your treasure is.
Matthew 6:21 (CEV)

WHAT DO YOU TREASURE? I treasure my family, my close friends, my pets, and the kids with whom I work. I treasure time spent with the people I love and time spent with God in worship and in prayer. Where is your heart? Your heart is with the people with whom you spend time and in the projects and endeavors to which you give your talent and energy. Your treasure is where you invest your money, your time, your life, yourself. Where is your treasure? There is your heart.

—Heather Burcham, 24

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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