Someone asked to follow Jesus one day and wanted to know where his home was. In short his answer was that he didn't really have one here on earth, but he already knew he had a magnificent one in heaven. Jesus was always on the move in his ministry, trying to find new folks to talk to about the good news, so that they might join him in his real home later on.
I take heart in this with all the changes in my life this past year. Lots of Moving Day experiences, thus the feeling of no earthly permanent home. And as if that weren't enough, there are the emotional feelings of going through everything you have to decide what to keep, what to give away, etc. Things that I have accumulated to live with are not nearly as important as the pictures, the things that belonged to your kids, the things that bring back fond memories of happier times.
All that said, what I have learned in this past year has helped solidify my faith and desire to tell others. Not that important are what treasures we have stored up for ourselves on earth, but far more important are the people we have loved, influenced positively, and taught about that good news. In reality , Moving Day is more about how we have moved others souls, from lost to found, than where to move that sofa.
Jesus may never have owned any furniture, home or animals in that time, but he was the ultimate mover of people's hearts. He set quite an example that we sometimes forget about when we think of our three bedroom homes with fine furniture, clothes and constant comfortable temperatures.
Yesterday when loading things to send to Atlanta Inner City Ministry, one of the men who helped kept asking for these really non important things that I had planned to give away. There was an old carpet laid down in the garage that he said he would take to his friend who lived on a pallet, and that would make him a softer place to sleep. This was a man who had witnessed his brother, whom he had never lived more than a mile or two away from, shot and killed.. He was still dealing with the trauma.
Made my day seem that much smaller. It was a Moving Day for sure!
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.