Camping Is Great . . . But . . .

“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”—1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)
 
Have you ever been camping? It’s something everyone should do at least once. There’s something about going into the great outdoors—away from all the noise, traffic, and commotion of everyday city life. It’s almost as if time stops and your day consists of fishing, hiking, sitting by a lake, making s’mores and having conversations around a campfire.
 
Camping is great; the only downside is leaving the comforts of home. Our soft beds are replaced with the hard earth, our warm bedsheets with a giant bag, and our toilet with a hole at the base of a tree.
 
But even though all these discomforts exist while camping, we remain content. We are okay with sleeping on the ground, washing in the stream, and eating hot dogs roasted on a fire because it adds to the experience. We know this is not our home. In a few days we will be getting our beauty rest on a Sleep Number mattress, taking long, hot showers, and relaxing in a climate-controlled room in front of a big-screen TV.
 
Applying this principle to our lives as a whole helps Christians find contentment. This world is not our home, and all the discomforts we face in this life are temporary. Soon we will be going to our home in heaven with Christ. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 NKJV).
 
I don’t know where you live now. It may be a studio apartment on the wrong side of the tracks, or it might be a mansion on the water. But one thing I do know is that its nothing compared to what Jesus has prepared for us in His Father’s house.
 
This life is short. The Bible compares it to a vapor, saying it “appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14 NIV). What a shame it would be to dedicate our short time here to gaining things we can’t take with us! Instead, let’s focus on becoming more like Christ and being content with what we have because as 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
 
Dig: What does it mean to be godly?
 
Discover: Are you in a season of discontentment? What’s causing it?
 
Display: We are called to find contentment in the fact that we have food and clothes. There are people all around our community who lack these things. This week, provide clothes or a meal to someone in need.