This world can be uglier than we need it to be, if we allow it to be. That’s the thought that popped into my head as I drove home this evening. As we enter into a new year and I look back at my failed attempt to post my “Weekly Scripture and Picture” EVERY week, I realized I needed to set a more attainable goal for myself this year. Although this blog is certainly a place to post my work, I needed it to also be a place I could center my thoughts on the creator of this world. For some time now, I’ve wanted to leave some thoughts on life lessons for my kids, so this year my goal will be a monthly post on “Life and Legacy”. Each month, I want to leave my kids some wisdom on how to grow up in this sometimes cruel world by focusing their thoughts on Jesus.
So here we go….lesson 1… YOU BELONG TO GOD.
I DO NOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD. After two episodes of Stanger Things, a calming thought came over me, “I do not belong to this world.” (ok if you’ve seen Stranger Things, the mere word “calming” seems like an oxymoron to that show, as it is anything but a calming show). I am an…alien. Yep, it’s true. I am visiting this world for a short time and then I’ll be leaving to go to my forever home. God put me here. Why, I’m still not exactly sure, but I know I am to serve Him. Why? Because I belong to Him. How do I know this to be true? Because the Bible tells me so. John 15:19 tell us, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Many years ago when I gave my heart to Jesus, I insured a permanent residency in His kingdom, and so I no longer belong to This world. I belong to His world. That feels good to me. I’ve learned on stressful days, that none of that really matters in the end. One day this world won’t be here. It will mean nothing to me, so the trivial little things that tend to want to stress me out, really don’t matter in the big picture. This world is only as ugly as I allow it to be. And I like pretty things.