The way I see it there are two kinds of people…fresh water and salt water. While I love the beach and the sand and the beautiful shells and the seafood..oh my goodness, let's don't forget the seafood. That is my favorite thing about the beach… But at the end of the day, when its all said and done…I am a lake lover at heart. I've blogged before about the many lake trips that my family enjoys in the summer. It is our thing! We love spending our Saturday on Kerr Lake boating, sun bathing and eating! For goodness sake let's not forget the food. One trip my aunt forgot to bring plates. I promise you that did not affect our food intake. You would be surprised how creative one can become when you are hungry.
A few years ago, I was reminded that the lake is not for everyone and while I find that odd, and weird and downright backwards, I guess its okay. I mean you aren't going to lose your salvation just because you don't like the lake. (: One particular comment someone once made to brought this home to me. I remember someone saying (after a recent lake trip) that they had lost nothing at the lake. In other words, they had no reason to go back to the lake. Again, while I don’t understand how you cannot absolutely love the lake and want to spend every waking moment there I considered the source and moved on with my life.
As fate would have it…as it so often does…I found myself using that exact statement the other day about this world. I haven't lost anything here that is worth choosing this place over heaven. On most days, I pray for Jesus to come back and take us all home. I'm ready. (I'm ready for ALL of us to go home. I'm not so morbid to ask him to snatch me outta here without all the people I love going with me).
I have lost nothing here…I thought about that philosophy. It truly should be the motto for Christians. We should have our hearts set on greater things. We should never be so tied to this world that it becomes our preference over the things above…I've heard before you must not just seek heaven, you must think heaven.
The bible reminds us of this truth time and again:
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world" (1 John 2:15).
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2).
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2).
So, don't lose anything here. Be sure everyONE you want to keep for eternity is going with you!