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My husband and I frequently talk about which home improvements we’ll make next. This past month, we took out one load of logs from our property. We wanted to make room for a shop/garage (right now we have neither), remove some danger trees, and put in a circular driveway.
Our existing driveway is the only way to access our property and is hard to maneuver when you have a large load of hay or truck and stock trailer coming in. Thankfully, my husband is talented at backing up trailers, around corners and in tight quarters. I on the other hand, can back a trailer around a corner every time, unfortunately, this also happens when I want to back it in straight. 🙂 The cattle appreciate his backing up skills much more than mine.
We want to add one more row of blueberries to our existing row. I’m planning on adding about four more fruit trees to our mini-orchard to help with fruit production and pollination this spring. And we won’t even start on some upgrades I’d like to make inside the house.
We often play the game, if we won the lotto (which would require us to buy tickets and we don’t) what would we do? But as I was driving home the other day, I noticed some For Sale signs on several homes and properties. And it hit me, why am I focusing so intently on upgrading my house and property, when I have a home heaven that’s already outfitted and customized perfectly for me?
Instead of worrying about keeping up with Jones’s or having granite counter tops and real hardwood floors, I should be focusing on Jesus and the home He left to go prepare especially for me.
While having a comfortable home and wanting to make it nice aren’t wrong or bad, it shouldn’t be something that gives us worry or consumes us. And too often, I’ve played into that trap.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” KJV John 14:2
But God is so good at bringing my thoughts and perspectives back to Him. The next time I start fretting or wishing I could do this or that in my home, I’ll remember my real home is already being constructed and I’ll get to live in it for eternity.
The best home improvement you can make, is to remember your heavenly home is already constructed and waiting for you. Tweet this
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t want to make changes or make things better to where we live now, it means we should keep it in the right perspective.
Do you ever get caught up in the I wish game? How do you keep your wants and your needs clearly grounded?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.