Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cabin on the lake

I just got back from a week's vacation, and had the privilege of seeing "cabin on the lake" culture up close. More or less, it seems to me that many people go to their cabins to escape workaday lives and (probably more importantly) get away from their "stuff." Ironically, many people begin their lives more or less in a cabin, sweat to accumulate the stuff to fill a 4000 square foot house and a storage unit or five, and then proceed to spend a few hundred grand more to get back into the cabin they started out in.

John Piper once noted that the service of Christ might require us to give up dreams of a house on the lake. He's right in a way, but perhaps we might even more strongly consider staying in the cabin we started out in instead.


Mercy Now said...

But that's so not the American dream, every Amerian Christian should have a cabin on the lake, a boat to ski with, a spare Harley in the garage. Not that there's any thing wrong w/ owning them but I think owning expensive things we rarely use is not good stewardship.
BTW, welcome back.

Bike Bubba said...

Thanks, and well said. Think about how many opportunities we miss while we're working to pay for our stuff and moving it around, too.

Anonymous said...

I once knew someone who was travelling through the country on vacation and stopped at an old general store in the middle of no where.

On the man's way out of the store, he paused to ask a couple of ole farmer types sitting on the front porch of the place in their rocking chairs for directions. He explained that the family was heading out for a week to "get away from it all."

One of the old men looked up and asked the man rather curiously,

"Why would anyone ever want to live somewhere they needed to get away from?"

I'll never forget that question.

Marklark said...

Good point David!

So, Bubba, why is it that you wanted to live in Minnesocold? ;^)

Bike Bubba said...

Hey now! It's not Minnesocold that has a Democrat-controlled legislature.

But seriously, to David's point, we might live in a place we "need to get away from" in order to reach the lost. But to make a buck? Yikes, there's a temptation we ought to avoid.

And double yikes, when did the "American Dream" change from freedom to filthy lucre?