Oftentimes when I visit New York City, I have the pleasure of staying at the Salisbury Hotel on 57th and 7th Street. I appreciate their support of FCA, and it has been a great place for me to stay while helping the awesome team that God has raised up to serve and support the NYC area.

On my last trip to the Big Apple, I walked out of my hotel room to double check that I had not forgotten anything before my meetings. As I searched for my room key, I noticed a message on the key card that I had not seen before in my previous visits to the city: “Enjoy your stay.” As I continued out of the hotel onto the busy streets, I began to reflect upon this simple statement.

As we go through life as Christians, we must remember that the world that we live in is not our home. A greater home awaits us in eternity when we will be with God in the kingdom of heaven. Just as one evening’s stay at the Salisbury Hotel is brief compared to my lifetime, our time on earth is short in comparison to eternity. As we go about our days in this temporary home, it is important that we re-member to enjoy our stay.

“And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” – Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)

Nehemiah describes the joy of the Lord as his strength and encourages celebration in response to God’s goodness and favor. Instead of becoming discouraged at the momentary troubles of our lives on earth, we have the great opportunity to enjoy all of the blessings that our eternal father has given us. No matter what you are facing today, remember that this world is not your true home. Set your eyes on your eternal home in heaven, find your joy in the Lord, AND ENJOY YOUR STAY!

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

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