2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
As we get older, it’s natural to experience more awareness of the passage of time and the changes that are taking place in and around us. If we have a healthy perspective, it allows us to grow and mature — being sure to appreciate the important things and people in our lives. But we might also find ourselves becoming discouraged or depressed that things aren’t exactly the same as they used to be.
When I feel nostalgia becoming more of a negative than a positive feeling, it’s almost always a result of spending too much of my focus and energy on the physical world and far too little on the spiritual.
Scripture tells us that our home is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), so it stands to reason that if we put too much importance on the things of this world, we’re always going to wind up feeling empty in the end.
God has given us what we have for our enjoyment and wants us to be dedicated to what we pursue here on earth — but we have to be careful we don’t take that too far. There’s a difference between working hard at your career and becoming so obsessed with reaching your goals that you’ll sacrifice everything to get there. Of course we should love our children, but we should never reach a point where we shelter them in an unhealthy way and no longer trust God to care for them.
Take some time today to evaluate your priorities. Where are you devoting the majority of your time and energy? As Jesus reminds us, where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.