What Defines Your Life?

Packed-UnitA few months back, while traveling out of town, I passed by a self-storage rental company.  I’m sure you’ve seen them – storage units you can rent to store your belongings” People might rent these units for any number of reasons.  The extra storage space may be necessary while a house is being sold or remodeled.  Sometimes a person may rent one just to have a little extra room for his “stuff.”

On this particular trip, the storage rental company had a slogan on their sign – “It’s your life.  Store it with care.”  I had never heard of this company before and have no reason to believe anything negative about the company.  As far as I know, it is a reputable company providing a valuable service to its customers.  But nonetheless, the slogan got my attention.  Especially the first part – “It’s your life.”

King Solomon had everything his heart desired.  Nothing he saw and wanted was kept back from him. Yet, when Solomon looked upon everything he had he described it as vanity (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).

My life is not defined by things.  “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).  Physical possessions to which many people give great attention are temporary.  There’s nothing permanent about the things of this world.  “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (II Peter 3:10).

No friends, my life is not defined by the material things I possess, whether they be left in storage somewhere or used daily.  My life is defined by my relationships, beginning first and foremost with my relationship with God.  No wonder the apostle Paul wrote, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

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