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The Treasure

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  • Updated: 08/08/2008

You Become What You Love


Matthew 6:21 -- "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

"Be under no illusion,
you shall gather to yourself the images you love.
As you go, the shapes, the lights,
the shadows of the things you have chosen
will come to you.

Yes, inveterately, inevitably, as bees to their hives --
and in your mind and spirit
they will leave with you their distilled essence,
sweet as honey or as bitter as gall.

And you will grow into their likeness
because their nature will be you.

As people see the color in the wave
so people see in you the things you have chosen.

Out of your eyes will look the spirit you have loved.
In your smile and in your frown the years will speak.

You will not walk,
not stand nor sit,
nor will you hand move,
but you will confess the one you serve
and upon your forehead
will be written his name as by a revealing pen.

Cleverness may select skillful words
to cast a veil about you.

Circumspection may never sleep,
yet you cannot be hid.

As year adds to year,
that face of yours,
which once like an unwritten page
lay smooth in your baby cradle,
will take to itself lines and still more lines
as the parchment of an old scribe
who jealously sets down all the story,
and there in your face
-- more deep than acids etch the steel --
will grow the inscribed narrative of your mental habits,
the emotions of your heart,
your sense of conscience,
your response to duty,
what you think of God and others and of yourself.

It will all be there,
for people become like that which they love,
and the name thereof is written on their brows."

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