Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
How tempting it is for me to collect things as if they constitute wealth. It started when I was a child and I am still plagued with the desire today. It can any number of things and sometimes it's collections of memories that I seek. It all revolves around this desire to abound in treasure, whatever that may mean for me. I am even tempted to look at the treasures of others and artificially feel poor. I believe there is an innate desire in all of us to want a full life. You made us to fully experience life. Our problem is that we forget how far we have fallen and how fast we will pass through this place. Every collection on earth is temporary and only you know who will have it or disperse it after we are gone. It's worthless to us when we come to the edge of eternity. Ah, but souls of people, those will last forever! They are our truest treasure. Help me crave and collect souls for you in heaven. Your word and souls are the only thing that will last beyond this world. Help me to treasure and collect both in my heart.
Pastor Don Patterson
God collects people for heaven, any other collection is rather worthless to him.