Point to Ponder: This world is not my home.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18
How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
"In all my years on the farm we only moved twice, that I remember, and both of the moves were only two miles apart. Home, to me, was where my family was. Even when I went to town to stay with my city grandparents or an aunt and uncle, I was never far from home. When I went away to school, I always had a home to come back to, except the year my parents left the farm and moved to town, but that’s another story! Somewhere in those two moves it must have been impressed on me to always leave the house out of which we were moving, better than we found it.
"My dear wife grew up with that same principle, so we have tried to do that with every move we made, sometimes backing out of the house on our knees with a cleaning rag to make certain it would be found spotless. We could not see the people who would follow us, but those unseen saints, I’m certain, appreciated our cleanliness.
"Our residence in this world can be seen in much the same way. We have an 'unseen Newer, Better, Home' waiting for us in our Father’s Mansion. This world’s rooms, fields, forests, and beaches are God’s lease to us while we live here, and we’re expected to leave them better than the way we found them. That also goes for the people we meet. Are they more blessed after we have gone than before? How can we make our temporary home, which we can see, better physically and spiritually than we found it, when we leave for our unseen Home in Heaven?"
"Let us see this present world for what it really is, a system of inflated values that is rapidly passing away.
O help me, LORD, to look beyond the transient scenes of earth, and give my life, with all its powers, to things of endless worth."
(Worldly investments never pay eternal dividends.)
"Sometimes I start to think that this life is all there is, Heavenly Father, and not just a temporary assignment. Let me see that all You have given me, my possessions, my family and the earth are just mine to have for a little while. Help me to always appreciate the shortness of life and to give loving care to all that surrounds me and to leave it better than the way I found it. I pray this in the name of my Savior. Amen."