Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

May 25, 2010

Two Worlds

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The afternoon was the perfect temperature, and I was relaxing on our back screened patio.  I gazed across the back and realized that on this very spot, I live in two worlds.

I saw old Florida or south Georgia.  With the exception of our citrus trees (orange, tangerine, kumquat) on the side, there are  many evergreen trees that you find other places, mostly oaks and pines.  I also could see the fig trees, crape myrtles, azaleas, Confederate jasmine, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, blue plumbagos, Indian hawthorns, gardenias, and lorapetalums.  Nothing that would have been in a Florida tourist brochure!

Then to see in the mornings and throughout the day, squirrels, birds (particular doves and cardinals that build nests in the same tree only five feet apart),  and rabbits.  Then, if you are out back later there are opossums, raccoons, foxes, armadillos, and yes, even snakes.

I hear the howling of the penned hunting hounds when are aroused by some of the wildlife.  Then, I see them running and playing.  There is nothing in our back to make you think in that moment that this is Florida!  Of course, there are many places like this in Florida, but that is one world.  Let me share the other world where we live.

Open the front door and sit in rockers on the porch, and it is a totally different world.  It is a neighborhood with paved streets, lights, mailboxes, and all that you expect in a planned development.  In our yard, as across the street and next door,  are Washington palm, European Fan palms, sago palms, and a variety of Florida palms.  And don’t overlook the banana trees!  What a different world from the back of our house.  Truly, we live in two worlds in the same house!  I imagine that is unequaled most places.

Yet, I already knew I lived in two worlds. But it is not the geographical or physical location that identifies my living in two worlds.  As a believer, I do live in two worlds.  When I became a Christian, I became a citizen of the heavenly kingdom, yet I continue to live in this earthly world.  I am part of two worlds.  I cannot escape that fact.

I can choose to which world I will be loyal.  I can live in and of this world, or I can live in this world and yet not be a part of it.  I can live as an alien because my loyalty, my citizenship, and my treasure is in the heavenly kingdom.  Jesus told us that this is the way it is!  “Our citizenship is in heaven.”  (Philippians 3:20)  But He instructed us on how to live here on this earth.

“Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belong to it, do you submit to its rules?”  (Colossians 2:20)  “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  (1 John 2:15)  “Therefore come out from them and be separated.”  (2 Corinthians 6:17)

Lawson

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