Another month has come and gone, and life continues to turbulently flow by (I’ve been trying to study for a Fluids exam that is tomorrow). That description of this semester seems to be about the most accurate depiction, though. I feel like an extremely small particle with a very high velocity rushing through a long pipe with various constrictions, corners, and turbines. Thankfully, the Lord has been giving me energy (like a pump), and I continue flowing through this craziness of classes, homework, meetings, projects, quizzes, and exams.
I decided to take a little break from school and read a few of my family members’ blogs this morning. Aunt Kim’s post about dream homes made me stop and think about my current dream home. It’s not a huge, fancy hotel or mansion as it was several years ago. Instead, it’s a place where guests can be welcomed and a family can live. I like the simplicity of some homes I saw in Cameroon. They had a covered/enclosed area to visit with people and then an enclosed area for the family to sleep, eat, and talk. (That reminds me of the first “books” I wrote. I would record events on family trips, which would often involve lots of eating and talking, as well as some sleeping, of course.)
Anyway, I think I can summarize my dream house as a little home that can be used to make much of Jesus. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 15:16, “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it.” As long as we have the Lord in our lives, the other things that we “possess” do not matter. We don’t really own them anyway, as everything we have, including life and righteousness, is a gift from God (James 1:17). So, I challenge you to seek to own little and make much of Jesus in your life. Share the good that He is doing in your life; don’t dream about more/better goods (stuff) for your life.
Our time here on earth is so short, and I “urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thes. 5:14) Set your eyes on our great God, encourage others to do the same, and ask Him to make His dreams your dreams for this brief life.