Strangers In A Strange Land
Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.
An American traveler went to Poland to visit a famous rabbi. Upon arrival, the traveler was taken aback by the rabbi's room, which contained only a table, a chair, and some books. Perplexed, the traveler asked, "Rabbi, where is your furniture?"
The rabbi replied, "My furniture? Where is your furniture, my friend?" The tourist explained he was only a tourist passing through. The rabbi's response? "So am I."
Life in our affluent, materially-oriented society draws us away from what God wants our focus to be. We are regularly tempted to invest our time and energy in ways that focus on making ourselves comfortable residents here. Be careful. Succumbing to this temptation will blunt your ability to hear and hope in God. Set your mind on things above, and your heart will surely follow. Live intentionally and effectively for the glory of God.
"The love of heaven makes one heavenly."- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.