Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
For those who live in the northern part of the USA, a yearly phenomenon is taking place. The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and geese are flying south. But not only are geese flying south, sheep are too! Yes, sheep fly. Especially when snow flies. I understand being in a warm place when it is freeeeezing cold. But here is an inescapable truth. No matter where I am on this planet, I am there. My thoughts are there. My emotions are there. My flesh is there. The sweetest climate cannot change who I am. Nor can it change my disposition in life.
A selfish, complaining person in a cold climate is still a selfish and complaining person in sunny “wherever.” This is not a tirade or rebuke on those who have the resources to dodge the cold for a few months or even choose to relocate. This is just a reminder that your bible says the same thing to a Saint in Anchorage as it does to a Saint in Honolulu: Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24); Love not the world, nor the things in it (1 John 2:15).
If you are not serving Christ in the northeast, do not think that flying south will change that. In fact, it may harden you in your pursuit of ease. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
Live well, beloved. The best is yet to come.