We humans are funny…we tend to work and toil for things that we want, and when we attain them we think we will finally have achieved our fulfillment. And we do for a short while. But usually those things tend to wear out or fade, or the novelty wears off…and pretty soon those feelings of “we have to have it” have faded just like the item itself.
I remember learning in our science lessons, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics… That all things are always breaking down. And you look around and it is true. Things rust, fall apart, fade, and break. People even are wearing down as each year they age.
The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics describes basic principles familiar in everyday life. It is partially a universal law of decay; the ultimate cause of why everything ultimately falls apart and disintegrates over time. Material things are not eternal. Everything appears to change eventually, and chaos increases. Nothing stays as fresh as the day one buys it; clothing becomes faded, threadbare, and ultimately returns to dust.2 Everything ages and wears out. Even death is a manifestation of this law. The effects of the 2nd Law are all around, touching everything in the universe. ~Source: ChristianAnswers.net
I remember a short time ago when we moved into our home, and it was pristine. Not a mark on the wall…not a scuff mark, or a fingerprint, or a stain. Everything was sparkly new. A few months later, things are wearing already, marks have been made, and the footprint of humans living here is evident.
Yet, in heaven the anticipation we feel about something new will never go away, and nothing will ever wear out. Isn’t that amazing?
So what do we do about that here, one earth? We need not put our trust in things that will eventually wear out, but only in heaven. We can enjoy things here temporarily but never put such a hold on them that we aren’t prepared for them to fade away here…And when they do, not to be disappointed.
The Bible says to store our treasure in heaven…
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-20
So how are you storing your treasure in heaven? Ar you looking at life with a glance up to heaven each day knowing this is not your final destiny?
Or are you so focused on the here and now the trying to obtain comfort here that never really lasts…because it is all fading away?
Living simply is about so much more than living minimally. It is about keeping our focus and our perspective on what we truly need in life. On what lasts forever. On Him.
When we rely on stuff to make us happy, we will always end up short. Because everything here fades. Even when we rely on people to make us happy…they can be taken from us at any time
It is so so true. Our happiness can be dependent on circumstances , but JOY, true joy, comes from within. That no matter what our circumstances are, we will have peace and joy knowing the Lord and our eternal destination.
As the sun sets here on this earth, may we remember that is is just beginning to rise for eternity.
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