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Keeping Our Eyes on Heaven In A World of White Picket Fences

Written by: Sydney Miller, Director of Digital Storytelling at myLIFEspeaks

Listen to the audio version of this story on our podcast, here.


“Things of this world can never fill a void in our hearts made for another.”


In America, many people are materially rich and spiritually poor. Many have everything materially that they need and could ever dream of and yet it’s never enough. The “American Dream” provides a high as long as the next sports car, dream house, vacation, or latest Apple product. It lasts for a time, but like all things it fades and we set our eyes on the next. And the next. And the next.


But this isn’t to be a source of shame but rather of awareness. I’m just as guilty as the next person of looking forward to the next big thing, or vacation, or exciting plans to prolong the buzz and excitement of LIFE.



But things of this world can never fill a void in our hearts made for another. It’s like trying to place a square peg into a round hole. It may sort of work for a bit but it doesn’t ever fully satisfy.


We can try to place any number of things, people, or dreams into that hole in our hearts that we want; but no thing or person will ever fill it.


Our hearts were made by God for God. Only He can fill that void within every human heart.

In Haiti, they have nothing and yet have everything. While they are materialistically poor, they have found the source of wholeness and faith in God. They don’t have a choice. They rely on God to provide their next meal, their next paycheck, their health, and even the breath in their lungs the next day. When nothing is guaranteed, everything is a gift.



While humans need basic necessities to survive like food, water, shelter, and human connection, when I go to Haiti I see their minds set on the necessities of eternity: faith, hope, love, and perseverance.


While they aren’t guaranteed a good, easy LIFE here they have hope in the joy they will experience in the next LIFE. Their sights are on Heaven not picket white fences.



Matthew 6:25-29

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

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