Wednesday, January 29, 2020
What Is Your Address?
Because we are tempted to judge others by their possessions, it is easy
to jump to a conclusion when we know their address. For example, when we
hear the word "penthouse", it is easy to assume that the
described location is opulent and better than other locations in the same
There are eight floors in the building where I reside.
The suites on the eighth floor have the designation "PH", whereas
other suites have the exact number of their floor shown on the elevator
We have many laughs when we get on the elevator,
speculating what PH stands for. A normal assumption is
"penthouse", implying extra elegance. In fact, the suites are the
same size and cost, but for some reason, the management chose PH rather
than 8 for that floor.
Sometimes, a resident will say that it
stands for "Poor House", but yesterday, I was pleased to hear a
resident say that it means "Pure Heaven"!
strange habit in buildings is the avoidance of certain numbers. In 1997, we
purchased a condominium unit on the thirteenth floor but it was designated
When we first brought our five-year-old grandson to the
building, he was intrigued with all the numbers on the elevator panel. He
immediately determined that "P" meant "parking" and
that "G" was for "get off", since that was the floor
where the main entrance was.
He then started counting from 2, 3,
and 4 up to 10, 11, and 12. He suddenly stopped. "Grandpa, they
don't know how to count in this building." He knew what the next
number should be, but the elevator panel showed 14.
We lived for
over twenty years on the thirteenth floor but with a designation of 1409.
It didn't really make a big difference in our lives, but we never
forgot the lesson that our young grandchild taught us. We were living in a
Does our address here on earth really matter to
There is a popular song by Jim Reeves which claims
that our address here is not that important.
This world is not my
home I'm just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere
beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Oh Lord You know
I have no friend like You
If heaven's not my home then Lord what
will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
can't feel at home in this world anymore
The fact that you are
reading this establishes that you are still "passing through"!
Paul gives us excellent advice:
1:20-21,23-24 – I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way
be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ
will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live
is Christ and to die is gain. I am torn between the two: I desire to depart
and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for
you that I remain in the body. (NIV)
We can continue chasing the
penthouse life, or we can elevate our sights to our heavenly home, which is
available through belief in Jesus Christ. The choice is ours.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to concentrate on our true address and
to serve You through helping others until You take us home. In the name of
Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Vincent Walter <email@example.com>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Today's Verse: Deuteronomy
1:29-30 – Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not
be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight
for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes." (NIV)
Daily Manna: Give thanks to the
Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever. (2 Chronicles 20:21b
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year2 Scripture Passage: Genesis 16-19
Two-Year3 Scripture Passages: Genesis 29; Mark 10:1-12
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Micah 4:1-5:1
Jesus promised, "If two of you agree on earth about anything you
ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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