For those of you who do not know, I have accepted a position as an associate pastor at a Church in South Korea. I will be taking up the position as soon as is practical.
Positively, this means that I’ll be more able to blog (it will be part of my duties under communicating with the congregation, and in evangelism). On the downside, it means that I have to move to the other side of the planet. Again.
Now, over the many years that I have been out of High School, I have been amassing a sizable library, and I have to admit that I really love books. Unfortunately, it has gotten a lot more expensive to move those books, and since I have nowhere practical to store them, I am instead bound to sell them (and replace what I need once I set up housekeeping in Korea).
It is a strange feeling, however, to see the books that I have treasured and lived among for the last decade (in some cases) going out the door. It’s honestly a bit of a heart check.
The Bible states that where my treasure is, there will my heart be also, and it is clear to me that for far too long, the things I have had may have been the residence of my heart, meaning that my heart was not in God, and certainly not in His kingdom, even while I had so many religious books.
Perhaps the increase in costs is a mark of God’s providence rather than an act of vengeance (or maybe it’s both). In any case, as I begin to own fewer things, I am finding myself more and more able to focus on the things that I claim to truly value.
Soli Deo Gloria