People who know me well know that I don’t have too many earthly wishes or dreams. I have learned from my father to enjoy each day for what it is and not to make too many specific plans about the future. But there’s one thing I often find myself wishing for and God has been using that desire lately to teach me deeper truths about being His child.
No, I’m not talking about marriage—that’s something God and I worked out a few years ago. The one thing I sometimes daydream about is my ideal house: a cute country cottage, preferably near some woods and a small river or lake, filled with books and quilts and all the quirky things I collect.
This is not a bad thing to dream about, but it could be a problem if I became so obsessed with the desire to own such a house that I neglected the home I now live in and my parents who share it with me. It would be a problem if my fantasy distorted my view of my current home and prevented me from being thankful for it or enjoying it, or if it made my parents feel like I can’t wait to get out and be somewhere else.
Sometimes, when life is hard and it seems to take too much effort to always do the right thing and say the right thing with seemingly little reward, it can be tempting to fantasize about eternity in heaven to the point that we neglect our responsibilities here on earth. God has placed each one of us here for a purpose—there are people who need us to sacrificially and selflessly share His love with them.
It’s true that we’re not supposed to love the world (sin) and partake in it—this is not our home and we shouldn’t get too comfortable in it—but as long as we’re here, we must make the best use of the gifts and resources God has blessed us with to love others the way He has loved us.
The house I live in right now, the house I may live in one day, this planet my feet walk on every day. . .None of these are my true home. Jesus promised:
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)
But right now, for today, I live here and you live here. And we have a mission to fulfill. Let’s do that with joy while we look forward to going Home.