Last week, our landlord had a roofing company come over to replace the roof. The diligent roofers worked tirelessly in the over 100-degree weather. After they finished and left, we noticed there was excess tar spilled down the awnings and all over the concrete patio out back. Due to spending over 8 hours pressure washing the patio recently, my husband was very upset.
I reminded him, “this is not our home”.
Our exceptionally sweet landlord has given us the freedom to paint and decorate to our liking over the years and she’s shared plenty of times how lucky she feels to have tenants like us. We believe in being good stewards and take great pride in the positive changes and updates we’ve made thus far. So although we are planning to purchase our own home soon, due to all we’ve invested here, we often forget that this house is not ours.
As I reminded my husband of what he already knew, I couldn’t help but to think of the fact that this Earth is not our home either. I found irony in the similarities between the two situations. How often do we cozy up here and then become upset when things don’t go as we think they should? How often do we forget this is only a temporary living space? How often do we lose sight of what’s to come because we are too focused on what is? People pass away and we sadly declare, “life is too short”, but we live as if death is some unfortunate fate that will never touch us. No matter how it may feel nor how big, nice and comfortable some of our homes are, this planet is simply no one’s true home and tomorrow is not promised.
1 Peter 2:11 says, friends this world is not your home, so don’t make yourself cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.
There are several other appropriate verses as well (I encourage you to look them up), but what a great reminder to put things back into perspective.
If you’re anything like me and you struggle with getting too comfortable here, join in this prayer with me:
Lord, forgive us for investing too much in the temporary rather than in what’s eternal. I am so grateful for You giving us the opportunity to live with You one day in a place where everything is made right in our one final place of rest. Your Word says You have set eternity in the human heart. Please help us to remember life on Earth is but the blink of an eye and that the spiritual world is even more of a reality than all we see around us right now. Help us to make the short time we are here, count! In Jesus name, amen.
If you don’t already know Jesus on a personal level and would like to, please feel free to send me a personal message. I’d love to talk and pray with you. He changed my life in such wonderful ways I never even dreamed possible and I know He can do the same for you. <3
God bless you, folks! Have a wonderful day 🙂