Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bob's Thoughts: Seeking a homeland

A current trend in Christian circles is Dave Ramsey. He gives money-management advice with a strongly, although not exclusively, Christian perspective. Cynthia and I have two of his books and they helped us get our financial habits lined up early on in our marriage, and I'm grateful to him for that, although a lot of his advice hasn't been specifically applicable to us. I wanted to share an analogy that I thought of recently based on his teaching.

One of his favorite quotes is, “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else”, meaning that if you're willing to ignore peer pressure to get into credit card debt early in your life and live austerely, then after awhile you'll be in much better financial health than everybody else that seemed to be so “successful” before. In principle, I think this has a broader application in the way Cynthia and I are viewing life. Recently I read Hebrews 11:14-16 “For those who [see themselves as strangers here on earth] make it clear that they are seeking a homeland...they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (HCSB)

Cynthia and I are embarking on an uncertain path; we haven't really been told what lies before us. We'll be facing challenges, difficulties and stresses in our future, some of which we know about and are preparing for, and some of which will come as a shock when they hit us. Why are we following God into a risky place where these challenges are waiting for us? One thing I said in a recent presentation we made was, “I have been convinced that Heaven will be worth any sacrifice; when we get there, we won't consider them to have been any more than temporary inconveniences.”, and I feel strongly that this is true. We are willing to be obedient to God wherever He calls us in this life, because we consider the payoff in heaven to be worth it.
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