There’s No Place Like Home
Have you ever wondered why so many people have a love affair with movies?
Movie critic Allen Palmer said it best: “Life is tricky. As human beings, we have hopes and dreams, fears and failings, allies and antagonists. We struggle to get work, pay our bills, find love, achieve fulfillment, squeeze into our jeans, survive family Christmas gatherings and assemble flat-pack furniture. We need help dealing with all that. And help is there, has always been there, in stories. Movies are just the ultimate medium—to this point—for humans to experience stories.”
I recently watched The Wizard of Oz and was fascinated just like I was when I was a kid. Do you remember Dorothy’s ruby red slippers? When I was a child, her shoes—and the colorful land of the yellow brick road—mesmerized me. So for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why Dorothy wanted to return to Kansas when Oz offered glittery shoes and a Lollipop Guild.
But this week, I viewed the movie from a new perspective. Just like Allen Palmer says it gave me a context for life—and eternity. Within moments of arriving in the land over the rainbow, Dorothy quickly realized that her dream was a façade. When she was certain that Oz was not her true home, she told many people about her true home in Kansas.
This got me thinking about how many of us get caught up with things here on earth, but Scripture says heaven is our real home (Philippians 3:20). We’re told to focus on heaven: “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). And, just to make sure we don’t miss the importance of a heaven-centered life, the next verse says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things [alone].”
What’s your attitude about heaven? A funny thing happens in light of eternity. Suddenly, the value of everything changes. What was once of little value becomes priceless. And what was once valuable becomes worthless. When this concept of eternity really sinks in, it becomes one of the greatest motivating factors in our lives.
When we set our minds on the things above like Paul says, an accurate and biblically energized view of heaven will bring passion to our lives. Because when it comes to looking forward to eternity, there truly is no place like Home.