Earth Shall Pass Away

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We can still tackle the mountain of laundry or the pile of dirty dishes, but we can distance ourselves and get control of our stress levels by keeping an eternal perspective.

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’” 1 Corinthians 15:54 (tniv)

There are days I get so tired of all the things I have to deal with. The Mount Everest of laundry to be washed. The Mount Fuji of dirty dishes. The endless fires I need to put out at home and at work. I feel exhausted and despairing.

I know that this world is not my home, that the Kingdom of God is coming. Jesus said so in Revelation: “I am making everything new!” But when facing a week of jury duty or a busy Saturday of youth group activities, it’s hard to think about the new heaven and the new earth. I just want to go somewhere to sleep.

But I have come to realize that I’m focusing my energy on things that are dying. This world is dying. Yes, there are things I need to do—such as filing taxes and paying the mortgage—but I am focusing so hard on all the other things that take up my day that they seem endless. I begin to tell myself that these things on my to-do list are the whole of my world. That this is all there is.

But it’s not. I need a larger perspective—to see that these things will pass away. They take up my time, but they shouldn’t become my entire world or consume me. I have a new world waiting for me someday.

FAITH STEP: We can still tackle the mountain of laundry and the pile of dirty dishes, but we can distance ourselves and get control of our stress levels, remembering that this is not all there is. One day, death will be destroyed and we will be made new. That makes the laundry seem not so important anymore.

Written by Camy Tang

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