Only Temporary

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

My husband is a builder so we build houses and move a lot. A lot = every two years. Fortunately, we have been able to stay in the same neighborhood for the last four houses. Each new home is a treat and a blessing. I design and decorate it, but it never really feels like mine. Everyone visits (I love cooking for friends and family) and say, “Oh, don’t you love it, how could you ever leave it?” I guess I just move in knowing it’s probably temporary and there will be another move coming along in a couple of years. Another bonus is we don’t have much extra. We keep a light load.

As I reflected on this, right before Christmas as we moved into another home, it occurred to me . . . I should adopt this attitude about everything in my life. My gifts, talents, finances, children, time – none of these things are my own, but given to me (on loan) by my gracious Father in Heaven. It’s not promised to me, I can’t earn it and it can go away at any time. However, the one thing that will always REMAIN is His constant and mighty love, forgiveness, mercy and gift of eternal life. Thank goodness that comes with a permanent tag instead of a temporary one.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20

The world deceives us into thinking the material and worldly treasures we are what we should strive to have, but when we get caught up in collecting, having, acquiring and gaining ~ we lose sight of the only treasures that count. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but as we approach 2014 I’m going to try and keep my thoughts focused on how temporary all we have really is, contemplate where I keep my treasure and aspire to store up some more treasures in Heaven.

Will you join me?

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