October 26, 2016

Read Haggai 2:10-19

When I was little, I had a pet hamster. I’m sure my mom hated that thing, but I loved him in a way that only a child can accomplish. I often took him out of his cage to play with him, not minding that he didn’t really cooperate. I even sang to him on occasion. For his part, he didn’t do much. Most of the time he stayed in his cage, content to run endless circles in his metal wheel. I can’t tell you how many times that squeaky wheel woke me up during the night.

Looking back on it, that hamster worked really hard spinning his wheel. Sometimes he would run in it for so long that afterward he would lay breathing hard in the pine bedding. Yet for all of that work, he never got anywhere. He always ended up right where he started.

Sometimes I feel that way in life, don’t you? There are days when it seems I work really hard, busy at tasks all day long, yet at the end of the day there is absolutely nothing to show for it. My to-do list never appears to get any shorter. It can be quite frustrating!

I think those are the days when I have lost my kingdom perspective. A focus on the kingdom shapes our lifestyle. It causes us to be intentional with resources and conscious of our time. It helps us shift our energy toward what really matters.

Do you have a kingdom perspective?