Foreword: I found this last night folded between pages of my old diary. I don’t remember how or when I wrote this, but one thing is clear. It speaks of me, of my faith. (Pardon the low resolution of the photos, the full text is written below.)

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People always seek for important treasures. And once they find it, they keep it and do everything not to lose it. But not all treasures are found underneath the earth. It just not all about money or gold and other important stones that are kept in a secret vault.

We maybe poor but naturally, we are born with a lot of treasures. In fact, they are priceless. We don’t have to be a skilled treasure hunter just to find all of them. Our family and friends are some of the priceless treasures we have. But the greatest is the chance and the right given to us by God to serve Him. We are lucky because not all people are chosen to be a part of His Church, and this is the kind of treasure that money can’t buy.

As a youth, we should start storing treaures in heaven wherein we can be sure that no thieves can break in and steal it (Matthew 6:19-20). Let us be the first one to show concern on how to please the Lord while we are young and unmarried (1 Corinthians 7:32-34), and while we have all our strength and time. Let us not depend on treasures that we fin on earth because it wouldn’t save us from eternal punishment. Let us spend our lives doing what God wants us to do because in this way, we are increasing the treasures we have in heaven. At the end of our lives, when it is time for us to rest, we might realize that we may be the poorest man in the world, but for God, we are the richest of them all!

Matthew 6:19-20

19 “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal,

1 Corinthians 7:32-34

32 I want you to be free from concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, that is, about how he can please the Lord.
33 But a married man is concerned about things of this world, that is, about how he can please his wife,
34 and so his attention is divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the affairs of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world, that is, about how she can please her husband.

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