Upside Down Kingdom…continued…
(my American translations are in parentheses!) 🙂
Going down instead of up? A family member came to visit us for the first time recently on the lower income estate we are now living in. He said that as he was driving over he couldn’t help but wonder, why in the world had we moved here?
You see, we used to live in a nice flat in an up & coming area in Manchester – not posh (fancy) by any standards, but a nice area & could have moved to an even nicer area…you know, one with bigger gardens (yards), into a larger house, with a lovely high street (main street) with the latest pubs, coffee shops, cafes and shops.
The area we live in now is great – I love it! Its quiet, we have nice neighbours who have lived here for years, there is a lot of green space, and we can see the Peak District (hilly landscape!) in the distance. There are no fancy shops or coffee places, but the new Aldi around the corner is great and my coffee fix is enjoyed at our very own GLO Central with old & new friends from the estate! The value of the 2-bed house we live in, though rented, is probably equal to our one bed flat we own, but its comfy and has everything we need.
Why did we move here? Why are we moving to the East side of San Antonio? Why would we give up good paying jobs again and again – seems like we keep choosing less & less for our family… Because we are after MORE! Not more stuff, not more money, not more success as the world sees it. We are after MORE of God – his love being realised in people’s lives, his healing brought to those who are broken, his peace coming upon areas where chaos and division are very deeply rooted.
Its hard sometimes, giving up the bigger & better lifestyle. I felt it was easier when living in Africa…but here in the UK & in the US it just seems so against everything I’m told & see. We’ll have to get rid of a lot of our stuff before moving – we can’t afford to ship it over to the US…maybe a few boxes and luggage to go with us! We’ll be starting from scratch in a lot of ways – furniture, decorations, appliances…things you gather over the years. You move on from the uni (college) days of mis-matched furnishings to a proper job, house & start creating the home of your dreams…feels like in ‘stuff’ sense we’ll be retreating back to those mis-matched days…
But that’s ok! We want to invite people into our house to hang out with us – not our stuff. I want friends to feel loved and cared for, not know me by my brand name items and clothing. I want our Kora to grow up learning how to give of her things generously, even when those things may be few.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”