These conversations are usually fairly superficial
Reference: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:10 NIV)
Explore: On the first day of the working week the general conversation is about what you got up to on the weekend. Domestic chores, day trips or special celebrations.
These conversations are usually fairly superficial. That was why I was taken aback when I caught up with Roger on Monday.
It didn’t take long to realise Roger wasn’t his normal perky self. Then he was honest enough to tell me that his mother-in-law had passed away.
She had been unwell for a while but it was still a real blow. The funeral would be later in the week and so Roger had come to work to get some things done before being absent.
“It’s hard,” said Roger, “but at least we know she’s in a better place. I don’t know how people go through these situations without faith.”
I had to agree. I can remember going through my own grief after my dad had passed away, but knowing there was a better place for him gave me great comfort.
Application: We work hard to provide the best place possible for ourselves while we live here on earth. We look for a nice home, a good job and great friends. And yet, we’re making all the plans for the wrong destination.
The ultimate place for us, now and always, is in God’s presence. If we put as much effort into the time we spend with God as the time we spend on our earthly comfort, then our future would look so much brighter.
Prayer: Lord, it’s so easy to fill my life with things that are only for this world. May I prioritise You in all I do. Amen.
How can you set up more of a place for God in your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.