Friday, April 27, 2012

between two worlds

"Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation."   1 Peter 2:11-12

Driving home from Indiana yesterday after a wonderful visit with my family, this passage kept coming to mind.  My worlds are very different.  My life in Indiana varies greatly from my life in Georgia.  Neither one better than the other, just different.
Different places...different people...different me.  
There are times when in one world, I long for something from the other.  
Lunch with a friend, family time, one of the best cinnamon rolls ever made, Grandma's cooking...I miss things like these when in Georgia!
Similarly, when in Indiana, I miss the fellowship and worship at my church, eating at my favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant, and sleeping in my own bed...to name a few.
As I was driving and thinking, a longing rose inside me...not for Indiana or Georgia...but for heaven.  This is just a temporary residence, no matter the state listed on my license.  Life here is to be lived to the fullest for God's glory, but held onto lightly.  The happenings in this world will never compare to what is awaiting in eternity.  It is easy to forget this at times, but yesterday I was reminded in my spirit that there is something better coming.
My life lived out here on earth should promote the life I am waiting for in eternity. 
Jesus should be proclaimed.  
God should be given glory.
Wherever my feet may go, my prayer is to live intentionally while wandering through this foreign land full of grand adventures!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

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