A Visitor’s Perspective

“Do not love the world or the things of the world.” (1 John 2:15)

A rich man once visited the small house of a holy man. Surprised that the house was practically empty, the rich man asked the holy man, “Where are your furnitures?” The holy man replied, “Where are yours?”. Confused, the rich man answered, “But I am just a visitor here. I am just passing through.” The holy man smiled, “So am I.”

The year is about to end. And many of us will start to open our planners and begin to plan the year ahead. We will visualize dreams. Set goals. Make resolutions. If you are just about to do that, can I make a suggestion to you? Don’t plan so much on your earthly goals to the detriment of your eternal goals.

On your planner, make sure there is a column reserved for your dreams, goals and resolutions in the area of your spirituality. For while it is good to plan on how to improve your financial condition next year, we must also make plans to improve our spiritual health. We cannot limit our plans to this world. We must also plan for eternity.

For just like the holy man, we must remember that we are mere visitors in this planet. This isn’t our home. This isn’t our destiny. We are merely passing through.

As scripture says: 

“Do not love the world or the things of the world.” (1 John 2:15)

Make sure that the “furnitures” you buy are not so much for your earthly huts but more for your eternal mansions. Plan the year right. Plan the year from the perspective of a visitor, of someone who is merely passing through.

Have a blessed year ahead, my friend!



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