According to the Christmas story, the Magi traveled great distances to bring Baby Jesus gifts. Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar came with gold, frankincense and myrrh. At that time, those were treasures used to honor a king or a deity. Gold…a precious metal. Frankincense…a perfume or incense. Myrrh…an anointing oil.
Some Biblical scholars think that the gifts represented spiritual symbolism about Jesus. The gold represented his kingship, the frankincense represented his priestly role and the myrrh represented his ultimate death and embalming. Other scholars think these were far more practical gifts. Frankincense was used to treat arthritis.
Symbolic or practical, the gifts were of great value. These days we are still giving gifts and I think we would all like to feel they are also of great value. Certainly there is something most wonderful about selecting, wrapping and delighting in giving whatever you think will make someone smile. It’s joyful good fun and that is of great value at any time. But it seems to me that the greatest treasures are not something you can buy for anyone and they are not something you can buy for yourself. The greatest treasures are within.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. ~Denis Waitley
Love, grace and gratitude. These are not things any Magi can carry across the miles and present to a King. I would think, though, that they did indeed carry these treasures within and that their journey was motivated by love, blessed by grace and fueled by gratitude.
What if we all held these treasures in the highest value? What if we all began our journeys with these as our starting point? How would our search for happiness…the search that seems to befuddle many a person these days…be different?
What if that happiness already filled us? If we start with the premise of love, grace and gratitude, just think where our journeys might lead us. If we already have the greatest treasures, what amazing things might we accomplish…achieve…share?
Ohhhh, think about it. Your starting point is no longer one of desperately seeking anything. Your goal is not to find happiness. You’ve already found everything. You already are filled with happiness. And so…
Everything you do from this point on, every journey, every connection, every achievement, is enriched and expanded and enveloped with depth and infinite possibilities. If you can realize that your greatest treasures are within, there is absolutely no limit to the magnitude of what you can share with the world.
And that’s a gift beyond comprehension.
Love, grace and gratitude might just be our world’s three most precious gifts. You are worthy of receiving them. You are called to share them.
Be blessed in your treasures this season and always.