Everybody needs a place where they belong. For most of us, we grow up and look back on “home” as that place. The Scottish poet, Bobby Burns, said: “Home is a place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” That may be comforting in one sense, but it seems pretty pathetic in another.

A number of years ago, there was a weekly television program called simply “Cheers.” Its theme song boasted that it was a place “where everybody knows your name.” Finding someplace like that is a lifelong search for many people.

For many of us the words of the spiritual express a hope and a reality. “This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” While there may be a certain comfort there, those words also reflect our struggle with feeling “at home.”

Paul said that our “citizenship” is in heaven but we know that we live on the earth where the material pulls at us and we sometimes have a hard time seeing the eternal.

Finding where you belong begins with peace within. Billy Graham’s famous sermon called “Peace with God” has been translated and heard around the world. He reminded us that we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will fall into place. That is the spiritual perspective which opens the door to personal peace.

But life demands that we interact with other people. Vance Havner, a great Bible teacher of another era, said, “Some folks become so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” How we live out the balance between the material and the eternal demonstrates our maturity in life.

Before Jesus’ death he told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. He called it, “My Father’s house…” Whatever drives us – that thing we call purpose – will be judged by what we plan for our future. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is obvious that no rental trucks follow our hearses to the grave. A deeper measure of treasure lies beyond the material. We can become legacy planners by depositing spiritual treasures in the bank of eternity! It begins by making peace with God in our innermost beings. That foundation opens the way to sharing a fulfilling life. There relationships deepen and we can know and become known to others.

Finding a place to belong here on Earth is important, but less important than knowing you have one beyond today.

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Dr. James E. Kilgore retired as President of the International Family Foundation and lives in Canton. His most recent book, LIVING WITHOUT LIMITS, was published in late 2019 and is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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