There’s an old Southern gospel song I remember from my youth. Beaumont song leader Melvin Elkins will likely remember this one, too, from his more than 40 years of singing in churches large and small: “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.” The premise of this song is that while we spend our allotted years here on earth, Christians must keep in mind that we are not going to be here forever. Our home is in heaven, and that is where we are headed either when we die or when the Lord decides enough is enough and comes for us.
Many people down through the years have set dates and times for the world as we know it to end, but thus far, those dates have come and gone and we’re still here. Dec. 21, 2012, was the last big scare for some. I have read countless accounts of folks who sell all their earthly possessions, move into a commune type environment, and simply sit and wait for the world to end. Sounds sad to me. I had much rather be up, busy, doing something, helping someone, laughing, celebrating, and trusting Christ to take me home when the Father says it is time. Several Scriptures teach clearly, “No man knows the time or the hour (for the Lord’s return) except the Father in Heaven.” The Book of 2 Peter, Chapter 3 discusses the truth that scoffers (or unbelievers) would walk about asking, “Where is this promise of His coming that we’ve been hearing about for so long?”
So what are we to be doing while we wait? I say we should try to live positively, have a good effect on those we are around, love our families and friends, and enjoy life while we have it. God is good all the time, and He knows what He is doing. Let’s try to be positive in 2013. It will change our lives and that of those we love. I encourage you to wake up each morning with a smile thinking that something good is going to happen today. Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational speaker who died last year, taught that in every class I ever sat in to hear him speak. We should be happy (as much as possible) and celebrate the fact that we are alive. Appreciate what is good in your world. Accept that you’ll have challenges and make a plan to meet them.
Be truthful in all your dealings. Don’t cheat folks. I read recently where a blogger wrote the happiest day of his life was when he learned to fill his own bucket. In essence, he wrote that he no longer waited for someone else to fill his happiness bucket; he filled it himself to the brim and running over. Share with others out of your abundance. And very importantly, learn to spend time with positive people. Birds of a feather do tend to flock together. If you have a tendency to be downcast and depressed, you surely don’t want to be around others experiencing the same moods.
And remember, this world is not our home. We are truly just passin’ through on our way to our eternal existence.
Brenda Cannon Henley can be reached at (409) 781-8788 or at brendacannonhenley [at] yahoo [dot] com.