By Andrea Lennon
As I sit and read this month's theme, "Home is where the heart is," I am challenged by the thought. The topic of my home and the real location of my home forces me to stop and think. For Christians, people who have asked Jesus to come into their lives and save them from their sins, home is not found at their current address. Home is in heaven with God. 2 Corinthians 4:18 states, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
If honest, we all struggle with the tendency to make this world our home. Our minds and our hearts simply desire to plant our roots in this world and live out the American dream. This has been an ongoing struggle in my life. Growing up, I knew I wanted to be married, have children, and live happily ever after. By God's grace, I am happily married and the proud mother of two boys. However, I can say that I struggle every day with the concept of living "happily ever after." This struggle occurs not because I am not happy in my current life. I am. My struggle results from the focus the "happily ever after" concept brings. This focus places happiness on this earth as the end goal in my life. When this occurs, I fail to recognize that this world is not my home.
From scripture, we are instructed to focus not on what is seen but rather on what is unseen. This instruction represents an amazing paradox taught in scripture. The things that we can see, touch, and measure like our physical homes and the possessions we place inside our homes are temporary. Therefore, our hearts should not find security in the seen things of this world. Instead, our hearts should focus on what the Bible describes as unseen. Unseen things include our relationship with God, our desire to act like Jesus, and our longing to live in heaven. Although we cannot see, touch, or measure these desires, they are real and for Christians represent the place where our hearts should long to be.
Recently, I came face to face with an individual who exhibited this kind of Christ-like focus. Although this man has been dead for many years, I am challenged when I read or sing a verse he penned. The verse comes from what is now known as the hymn Be Thou My Vision. The third verse of this hymn states,
"Riches I heed not, or man's empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always: Thou and thou only first in my heart, High King of heaven, my treasure thou art."
The composer of these amazing words was a Christian poet, a monk, and a person who worked so hard that he became blind. The man, named Saint Dallan Forgail, was born around 530A.D. and was martyred in 598 A.D. Although I do not know many details about this man's life, there is one thing I can say with certainty. Saint Dallan Forgail knew what it meant to keep his eyes, even failing as they were, pointed in the direction of his true home. Saint Forgail made the choice to forsake earthly riches, man's approval, and even creature comforts in order to treasure his relationship with God. As a result, Saint Forgail's heart was very much at home in heaven even while he walked on this earth.
Today, I wonder if the same can be said about you and me. Where do we call home? Scripture challenges you and me to fix our eyes on the unseen things and know that they represent everything that we should call home. As a result, our hearts cease being caught up with the things of this world and begin living for the things of God. This week I challenge you to take a few minutes each day and ask God to help you view your time on this earth as temporary. Make the choice to focus your heart on your true home as you embrace the unseen things of God.