Why the Word ‘Temporary’ is Important

“It’s only temporary.” is the phrase He keeps saying. He says it to remind me, but probably to remind himself too. Every obstacle. Every bump in the road. 

Blowing the converter in the RV breaker box, cleaning out disgusting dead mice, lightning leaving us with no electricity…

My husband and I work 2 hours from home temporarily. During the week we live in an RV, but we go to our real home for the weekends. The RV is our temporary home. 

Like our ‘home on wheels,’ this life is only temporary. This world is not our permanent home. Our eternal home lies beyond the sky. Beyond our wildest imaginations. But not beyond reach.

Temporary is the word holding my husband and I through our busy season. When stress starts to seep in, we cling to the hope that this is all just temporary. When resentments arise from the uncertainty of our situation, temporary is a word we can find relief in. Temporary is also the word we can cling to when we start to get stressed or consumed with the world. 

The bible reminds us how temporary our time here on earth truly is:

  • We are “like breath,” and our “days are a fleeting shadow.” (Psalm 144:4)
  • We are set with eternity in our hearts. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, paraphrased)
  • We “are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)

This temporary mindset isn’t meant to scare us into ‘being better’ or ‘doing more.’ The word temporary is meant to fix our eyes on eternity.

Jesus says there are many rooms in His father’s house. (John 14:2-3) And He provided a way to spend eternity in our permanent home with Him. (John 14:6)

Temporary is a word we can keep at the forefront of our mind to remind us of our eternal home in heaven.

What’s a way you are reminded that this life is temporary?

God bless // love brits

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