“and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”
1 Peter 1:4
On the plus side, the traps have been very effective.
On the negative side, there’s some damage control needed on aisle three…
And it reminds me – any property we accumulate in this world is temporary.
As in, subject to the unending appetite for chewing of a rodent’s little dentures.
Yes, God has gifted me with ‘property’ in this life – a pleasant inheritance, filled with good things (given that I look for the blessings, take care of my space, avoid the comparison trap, and do my due diligence).
But when you have mice in the camper, you are reminded immediately that any ‘stuff’ you have is in constant danger. From mice. From rot. General decay. Thieves or vandals.
Or just my own dumb choices.
Maybe that’s why the Apostle Peter is giving his friends this pep talk about their retirement.
Somehow, what I do in this life has repercussions for the next. And it is keeping that balance while living so firmly in this phase that makes the living so tricky.
We live in a very physical world, with physical laws – gravity, inertia, metabolism.
Yet we are reminded again and again in scripture to keep our end game in mind – to fix a healthy part of our attention and focus on what is yet to come.
Let’s face it. Most of what we see around us can be taken away, lost, damaged, or destroyed. Property can be stolen or confiscated. Time herself performs her duties well – rot, mildew, corrosion, frost damage. Without regular upkeep, any property is at risk from the powerful consequences of neglect.
So this little retirement seminar pep talk from the man who spent so much time with Jesus needs to be inserted into any discussion on ‘property’.
This is not all there is.
There is more.
When you’ve got mice in the camper, so to speak – when what you love has been ruined or taken from you – it is a good time to take stock of your resources, and remember your priceless inheritance to come.
I am a daughter of the King.
My inheritance is out of this world.
What I do today counts.
How I choose to conduct myself here can heap up blessings in the next phase of life.
You’ve got mice in the camper?
Count up the spiritual blessings to come with me??
Father, You have truly blessed us in this life! But this earth is bound to decay because of the sin that has filled it to the brim. Remind us of the brevity if this life, and the glory of the life to come. Amen.