Are You Living In “Stuff-ville”?
“Stuff”. Do we own it or does it own us? Isn’t the temptation to acquire more and more stuff, at least part of what is referred to as the American Dream? Do we sometimes hope we will feel better about ourselves because of what we own?
Abraham, the Patriarch in the Bible was a tent dweller. Why?
He knew this world was not his home. He was merely passing through. Abraham’s hope was centered in his future Home – the City of the One and Only True and Living God. We can read about it in chapter 11 of the New Testament Bible book of Hebrews, verses 9,10. “By faith he (Abraham) lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow-heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Keeping our focus on the eternal rather than the temporal is difficult to do alone. We all need support. We need encouragement to keep our focus on what is truly important. That’s what Christian Life Coaches do. Coaches help you find–and then encourage you to keep your eyes on–your God-given strengths and goals. That’s how we find renewed hope and purpose.
We know that we can’t take any of this “stuff” with us on that day when we breathe our last breath. A coach helps you remember to keep asking yourself: “In light of eternity, is this where I should focus my attention, time, money, skills, and emotions?”
You know the question: What would Jesus do?
Or maybe a better question is: What did Jesus do? When was the last time you stopped long enough to think about how Jesus spent His time? We know His time was definitely not spent on accumulating “stuff.” It was/is spent on helping people find their way Home.
Home. Where Jesus is waiting. Do you need “directions” how to get there? I can help! That’s one of my favorite topics! Heaven!
You can find your answers, but there are no shortcuts to finding them. It takes time…Time spent prayerfully reading the Bible. Lots of time. Over and over again for your entire lifetime. Once is not enough. Time in the Bible is time in relationship with the Lord of the Bible.
It’s been said that the Bible can be read from Genesis to Revelation…from beginning to end…in 72 hours. How did you spend your last 72 hours? 🙂
Can you answer this question with certainty: “Is my citizenship in Babylon (“Stuff-ville“) or in the New Jerusalem?” This could be the day you choose to think like Abraham did…focused on your eternal destiny, rather than just living for the “stuff” of today.
I’d love to be your coach in the discovery process. I know the way “Home”…
Great post Pam, your right on.
Comment by Trog
Thanks Pam. I find your posts encouraging. Bless you. Karen.
Comment by Karen Mace
Excellent—and very thought provoking!! Thanks!
Comment by Kris