It is really weird how the older I get the more and more I realize how temporal and disappointing this life can be.
We can be in great physical shape one day and crippled the next. The places we live throughout our short life and the decaying structures we live in. Our jobs. Our cars. The ups and downs of markets and values. The money we make just to send back out on bills or spend it on stuff that breaks. Life of the people we love. All of it temporal and all of it seems to increasingly cause grief.
I don’t know about you but man I have ups and downs, highs and lows and in-betweens. I struggle with consistency even when surrounded by the great things that I have been blessed with. An awesome family, good job, comfortable house, more than enough, yet my desires to achieve and push harder to grow are typically weak and insufficient. Mentally crushing at times. I think that maybe I struggle in this area because I focus too much on the physical. My moods are temporary and increasingly cause grief.
As I grow older I am learning. Actually, I am practicing what I’ve heard, learned and known for a long, long time. That these things ARE temporary and CAN NOT satisfy the itch of everlasting peace and contentment. It’s all way beyond physical and mental. We are spiritual beings. We are much deeper than a physical body and a mind that processes decisions. We have to pour into the Eternal One. GOSH why can’t I grasp and hold tight to this! It is like I know it and embrace it and go to bed with a heart focused on this truth and then wake up with some sort of amnesia!
In a Philippians study that we are doing in community group, Matt Chandler made a statement that these temporal (and therefore disappointing) things are gifts. Gifts to remind us that this world is not our home. What a great reminder. So, if this world is not my home, why do I continue to be troubled and misguided by it? Why do I waste some much time and stress on these things that we know are empty and temporary? One of my buddies Justin gave an example about a fresh scratch on a new van that he and his wife Kate have. He said that it is easy to move into frustration with it being marred or even spend lots of time and money trying to get it fixed, but what does it matter? He then finished his thoughts with the profound and eye opening statement of “Why should I care? It’s all gonna burn!”
The truth that this world is not our home brings a huge sigh of relief and comfort to all of the instibility that surrounds me. Disaster, dispair, depression, all soon to be banished. I am so thankful for His provision. It also helps me to focus my eyes on the author and perfecter of my faith. There’s no place like home. It’s eternal and causes joy.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.