When my friends and I were moving into our apartment, family cast-offs suddenly became gold. Furniture, kitchen stuff, hardware. We each boxed up everything we could scavenge, and let me tell you, it added up to a lot.
We somehow wound up with three different kinds of vacuums and three couches. Our kitchen cupboards are stocked full of unused appliances. Our closets are bursting as always. And of course, we needed multiple packs of command strips for our piles of home décor.
Usually, this doesn’t strike me as odd. It’s just how we live, and it’s all a blessing. It’s fun to have things look nice. But sometimes it gets to me. The lure of materialism is all too
strong. It can get sickening.
The thing is, it’s hard to find balance. I want to enjoy and be thankful for the things I have without feeling guilty about them. But it’s easy to go too far. I’m sure you’ve struggled with the same confusion. What should we do?
Instead of nit-picking our every motivation and trying to find the perfect balance, I think it’s more effective to renew our perspective. As you read the following verses, let the imagery really sink in. It’s reviving!
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. -2 Peter 3:10-13
A new heaven and a new earth! This present world is coming to an end someday, and so are our earthly lives. Because there’s more to come in the future, we can let go of achieving perfection and happiness in the present. We know this, yet amid the busyness of the full-color, 3-D, emotional, tragic, and beautiful world we’re currently in, we tend to forget it. We're so immersed in the present that we forget about what's to come.
Have you ever heard the suggestion to “hold things loosely?” After I first heard these words, I realized they can apply to anything worldly. Hold your possessions loosely. Hold your money loosely. Hold your time loosely. These are all gifts to us; we don’t have a right to them any more than we have a right to our lives or salvation. Hanging onto them with white knuckles will only skew our perspective and make us miserably desperate and selfish. Ultimately, it'll make us lose sight of everything that’s important.
The only things that really matter are the eternal things: souls, the kingdom of heaven, and truth. That’s all that will last, which is joyful and relieving! Considering all of this, let’s set into the Christmas season with content hearts focused on eternally significant things. We have much to rejoice about!
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
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. -Colossians 3:2
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!