Nov 24th 2021 · Day 328
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When I was younger, I had a list of all the things I wanted. A horse, two dogs, a Land Rover, a cottage with roses round the door – you get the picture.
I learned to ride (not very good at it) and had a couple of dogs, too. But these days, I’m just happy with a car that starts and gets me from A to B, and jasmine round the door that doesn’t have thorns so it doesn’t hurt my fingers when I have to cut it. So… what do I want from ‘the world’ these days? Truthfully, not much. I’m not very materialistic.
One thing I do like, though, is my marble-topped washstand. It’s really old and I have a nice, rose-patterned jug and basin standing on it. The wood is scratched (one of those dogs!) and the door doesn’t like staying shut. But it’s nice.
And yet, I know that one day I will have to let it go. It will belong to someone else. I am only a steward of what I have here. Even if I have things that are beautiful and top-quality, they will fade, and rust, get damaged, get broken. Things don’t last. Tech that is new today will be old in a few years’ (or months!) time. That smart car will soon be yesterday’s news.
There’s no point in loving our possessions, because we will one day have to leave behind even the best quality ‘stuff’. 1 John 2:17 reminds us that ‘the world is passing away along with its desires’ – but what lasts? ‘Whoever does the will of God abides for ever.’
There’s more to life than that which meets the eye. Let’s be careful to fix our hearts on the unseen, not the seen.
Pause and reflect: Lord, help me to remember that all things pass, and that I am on a journey in this world, just passing through. Thank You that I have so much to look forward to with You. Amen.
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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