This House Is Not A Home

Well I’m staring at the last week in this house that we’ve loved to live in. It’s been a long journey trying to sell it. Ten arduous months of open houses, last-minute showings, and meals in the car while trying to spy on the potential buyers.

Kerry said something extremely profound during the process. She said, “Craig, the moment we decided to move this house no longer was our home.” It was true. It felt more like a museum or hotel. Something was missing. We were yearning for a new home… one that we can’t wait to move into at the end of this week.

The Bible talks about the same thing. The moment that we decide to follow Christ there is a new home that we look forward to. We can enjoy life and all of the blessings that God gives us here right now but there is a new place that we can’t wait to get to (see 2Corinthians 5:1-5).

Yep. Sure loved this house. It was a beautiful house and I’ll never forget it… but I just can’t wait to finally get HOME!!!

At least that’s how I see it.

C

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Almost Home

Well I’m on my way home from our men’s missions trip to Manitoulin Island.

Every year the men come up to the Spring Bay Camp and do two intensive days of construction. We renovated one cabin, steel roofed another, sided another, and put benches & tables in the snack shack. I’m so proud of them.

But as happy and blessed as I was to have gone with them, there was always a voice calling in the very pit of my being, “I wanna go home”. Yes, I may have enjoyed the moment but I knew it would only be temporary. I never thought of staying there because I knew there was a place far better with people waiting for me to come.

Life is really no different.

This place, this time, this ‘season’ on earth is temporary. Yes, it may be enjoyable, fun-filled, maybe even productive, but we ‘know’ deep down inside ‘we want to go home’.

And there is Someone waiting for us. The closer I get to my current home, the more excited I get. The closer I get to my ‘eternal’ home, the more excited I get. And I believe He does too.

What about you? Are you stuck on an ‘island’ trying to live your life with nowhere to go ‘after’ or do you know you have a Home to go to?

At least that’s how I see it,

C – whose almost home!

Spiritual RRSP’s

With all the talk of stock market crashes, dollar values, and plunging markets, it sometimes makes you ask why you put money away in the first place. You could use that money to go on a vacation, buy some expensive gifts, or even just hide it under your bed. But you know that you put it away now so that you can have it later. That the cost now is far less than the reward later.

In Galatians 6:9 Paul tells the readers “let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

It’s about ‘investing’ in the future. Sometimes it may seem futile to be good and selfless in a world of greed and hate. But we are reminded that it’s not about the cost of doing good now, but rather the reward in the future for all of our hard work. When you stop and think of it, the reward will be SO much more worth the investment.

At least that’s how I see it,

Craig