Today’s readings are directed to our world and time on earth, compared to our eternal life in Heaven. We are taught to not hold this life is such high regard and the material things we possess here; as they will mean nothing to us in Heaven.
“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ….”
“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.”
I can’t pretend I am ok with all that, I really like my worldly possessions. I like pretty things and to feel proud of what I’ve accomplished in my life. But these scriptures remind me I won’t be taking any of it with me, so I should place a smaller value to it. That’s tough to accept. But yet; in the last 9 months, as things have changed in my life I’ve started to realize some of the possessions I once valued don’t seem as important to me any longer.
As my mind has healed and grown, so have my thoughts of what happiness is. Maybe this Scripture was sent to me today as a reminder to continue learning of my place in this world and the next.