This is not my house, but this is someone’s house. This is unfamiliar territory for me, but this is where someone stays every night. This is a place I occasionally visit, but this is where someone cuddles with his/her spouse every night when going to bed.
This is where someone feels the most comfortable because this is their home.
I see this and am reminded of God’s word that tells me to be generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. May homes like these always be on my mind and keep me close to God’s word and continually be thankful to Him.
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
This is another verse referenced in The City of God along with a follow-up commentary by St. Augustine.
1 Timothy 6
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
St. Augustine’s Follow-Up
They who were making such a use of their property have been consoled for light losses by great gains, and have had more pleasure in those possessions which they have securely laid past, by freely giving them away, than grief in those which they entirely lost by an anxious and selfish hoarding of them.
I am currently reading The City of God by St. Augustine. In the chapter I am reading, Augustine is talking about money, the desire for it, and where true wealth lies.
They lost all [the possessions] they had. Their faith? Their godliness? The possessions of the hidden man of the heart, which in the sight of God are of great price? Did they lose these? For these are the wealth of Christians to whom the wealthy apostle said, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (emphasis mine)
Biblical Reference In Quote: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (emphasis mine)
Things around our household have been busy this holiday season. Chele’s and my anniversary vacation down in Anguilla was incredible, but it did have an unexpected consequence: we have been two steps behind for the entire month of December. You see, our usual schedule was severely thrown off by the week-long trip and our marathon training did not help the schedule backlog either. As a result, we felt a overly busy this entire holiday season, even up to the night of Christmas Eve.
The Yeah, but’s
Yes, we did manage to stick with many of our traditions, but things always seemed rushed. Michele and I never felt like we could take a moment to enjoy what we were doing. Sure we took a trip to the mountains to get our Christmas tree, but we felt rushed. Sure we trimmed the tree with a fire and Christmas music in the background, but we felt tired. Sure we made our gingerbread house, but we felt like it was too late. Sure we drove around to see the Christmas lights, but we felt like there were too many distractions. Every step along the way we felt like this was probably our worst Christmas ever.
We temporarily got lost
Something got lost along the way. What was it? We lost the fact that we were having a great time doing these activities, if only we had realized it. At times, we lost the fact that we were creating some incredible memories with our family. The funny thing is this: what I will end up remembering long after this month has left is that had a great time and I will remember the fun that we did have… in spite of our (in the moment) selves. What we did not realize in our moments of feeling that this was our worst Christmas ever was that our feelings were wrong. This was actually our best Christmas ever, if only we would open our eyes!
The lesson I want to take away from these facts is this: enjoy each moment I have. Do not let my temporary feelings blind me from the fact that we are actually having a great time. We are so truly blessed and the Lord has His gracious hand on us every moment of every day. Thus, I need to learn to enjoy each moment, regardless of how I try to feel at that time.
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. – Philippians 4:11
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. – 1 Timothy 6:6
So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. – 1 Timothy 6:8
Lasting memories from my best Christmas ever
Here are the memories I will take away from this year’s incredible Christmas with my family. What I hope you will notice is all of the smiling faces and incredible memories. Thanks Chele and Ashe for helping me make great memories! Let’s remember this as we are making them next year.