Do you think if we didn’t have HGTV or Instagram or magazines or all these things… we would be content with what is in front of us? If we didn’t see the latest trend or the newest looks, we would be content with what we had?
We waste so much time trying to renovate our homes, but what about our hearts? If we spent as much time on the eternal things than we do on the external things, can you imagine the world we’d live in? Wow!
I think about those folks in third world countries. They have nothing in terms of material, but they are so content. They worship fully. They live fully. And they don’t strive for that perfect decor. They’re just glad to have a roof over their heads. And here we are spending our precious time and treasure on the perfect home…all these details…which will turn to dust someday.
Our visually saturated world- TV, the Internet, magazines- have made our eyes deceive our hearts. We think we need these things. We think these things will make us happy and content.
Yet, without focusing on the inside, we are really just the same people living in a pretty place-or maybe even more stressed. Are we really better off?
I remember as a young wife and new mom. I had to throw the Pottery Barn catalogs away because every time they came in the mail they showed me a life I couldn’t afford (and frankly didn’t need). I had a beautiful new baby, our own home (even if it wasn’t perfectly styled and up to date), and had Jesus. What more did I need to see! So I stopped looking at them and focused on what was in front of me. What God had already blessed me with. And decided to work on my heart more than my home. Because that is what really needed renovating!
These photos and TV shows trick us into believing the life we have in front of us is not enough. Yet, we don’t need to waste time and treasure on things that will end up as dust. We need to invest our time and hearts now into people and our own souls.
Join me? Let’s put the effort into our hearts and minds. Let’s renovate our souls. Let’s choose to focus on the things that matter for eternity. Because in the end, that will make our lives here on earth more beautiful than all the fixing up and it will last long after the dust of this earth is gone…and far into eternity.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.