Sunday, March 2, 2008

Make yourself at home?

I love music. I am often heard humming or singing at home or in the car; many times to the chagrin of my family! I also like lots of different types of music, oldies, praise and worship, hymns... I sing them all. Last week while I was doing the laundry, I was singing and I started thinking about the words I was singing. The song was 'This World is not my Home'. The words are:
This world is not my home, I'm just passing through,
My treasures are laid up, Somewhere beyond the blue,
The angels beckon me from Heavens golden shores,
And I can't feel at home, in this world, anymore.

It really struck me when I thought about it, that it is too easy to feel at home here in this world. Yes, there are many times when I don't feel at home here, but I know I spend far too much time worrying about my "treasures" here on this earth instead of working towards building God's kingdom. If I really took seriously, the fact that I am just traveling through this world, and will spend eternity in Heaven, I should put so much less priority on all those things that consume so much of my time and thoughts. When I think about it in that way, it really helps me to keep my focus on the important things here on this world and not get so caught up in the little day to day things that really don't matter in the long run. So - don't make yourself at home here. In this case, it's better to be uncomfortable!

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Karen said...

I was thinking along these lines as well recently. You are so right, it is easy to get caught up isn't it? This post really comforted me because at the moment I'm not feeling too 'flash'. My son is home ill with a bad cold, but I still had to take him to the Dentist and he had to have a stubborn milk tooth pulled out - he rocked, so brave - Mum no need to come in and I felt woosy at the sight of the wee blood on the wadding. Anyway (I ramble so!) I am behind in house work and various things and am getting said cold too, and when I read your post it washed over me - this isn't my home, all my worries about keeping everything 'just so', the earthly stuff. So thank you for this!

Rohal Call said...

You wrote this post for me this morning....thanks so much for the reminder. Praise God that THIS IS NOT MY HOME, and the troubles of today will be like dust in eternity. I needed to see the forest instead of the trees.

Anonymous said...

I suppose that's the beauty of living in a foreign country----I never truly feel at home.

What a great reminder Mari! Thank you.

justabeachkat said...

What a great post. So true.


Musicaljean said...

I'm comforted by this thought for myself, but I have loved ones that aren't ready for our eternal home, which can cause me more worry. I pray every day that "me and my house" will serve the Lord.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Great post Mari, and so true! I also love how God can just bring an old song to mind to remind us of something he wants to teach us! There are times I just start singing "there is joy, joy, joy in serving Jesus"! I am so grateful for the gift of music!

Cherdecor said...

Good morning, Mari, I LOVE this song!

Oh Lord you know
I have no friend like you
If heaven's not my home
then Lord what will I do?
The angels beckon me
From heaven's golden shore
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore.
(I think I remembered those words correctly.)

Alan came home on Friday to take me out to lunch. We went to Panera. We hadn't been there for two years probably. I was struck by the atmosphere. The room was crammed with people working on computers and talking business. Just a whole lot of pride there.

We walked into church Sunday morning and we could absolutely feel the Spirit of God in the room. There was so much love and these people didn't have a clue as to who we were. The music was so good and the young youth pastor who was speaking in place of the pastor, was right on the mark. It was such a wonderful experience. One we haven't had for many years.

Anyway, you and I could sing a duet here with this song. Praise God, we know we have a home in heaven when this is over!

Have a wonderful week walking with the Lord!

I'll email you later.

Pat said...

This same song has been on my heart for days, in fact it's what inspired my picture post yesterday. Lately I feel weighed down with things of this earth, I really need to get back leaving all those worries at the feet of Jesus.
Like you said, I need to get a little more uncomfortable here.

julie said...

Great post, this was along the lines of what we were talking about last night in our highschool small group. Thanks for posting this!

BethAnne said...

AMEN SISTER!!! I am so glad this world is not my home. It is good to know my citizenship is in heaven!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebekah said...

I think about this a lot. When I get bent out of shape over earthly things, I try to remember that these things are temporary. That they do no matter in the long term and I shouldn't let them stress me out.
Our real treasures are in heaven

Cheri said...

So true!
Do you remember mom humming- I do.
I find myself doing that alot too.
Great post.

Terri said...

I catch myself singing some of these songs too.
(Do you think we're starting to become our parents when we are humming some of these songs?)

Shelly said...

Yes that is so true! This is our temporary home. We are able to have fun and use it for a while, but our ultimate goal is to reach our ultimate home that God is making for us. I am greatful for that. I am glad that Randy is up with our Maker so he is free from illness. Amazing!

LeslieW. said...

Man, I have heard this a good bit lately but have been resisting. Thanks for reminding me.

Anonymous said...

So why were you not standing next to me all those years in choir?

I love that old sond and it brings back some good memories for me.

Great post Mari, we are only visitors in this world. Our home is in heaven.

Laura said...

Good reminder. I've been trying to remind myself of that lately when I start to get caught up in money, home decor, etc. I tell myself - will any of this matter when I'm gone anyway?

AlaneM said...

Thank you for the reminder - that's one I have a hard time with but it's SO important.