Lessons from Citizenship

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Where is your citizenship? I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. I lived in Belfast until I was about a year old. We then immigrated to Canada, where I spent the next 11 years. We finally made it to the USA in 1974. Each of these countries I lived in shaped me to be who I am today. I guess you could say that I am a mutt who is not really sure where she belongs. I tease my children that I am probably one of the few people they know who can sing three countries’ national anthems.

British Citizenship

Even though I was only a year old when we left Belfast, I visited my extended family many summers. My parents and brother were the only families I had in the USA while growing up, so I loved to go home to visit. I would stay at my grandmother’s house. It was a row house with no indoor plumbing. The loo, as they called it, was out in the back garden area. 

I can remember lying in bed in the mornings and hearing the milkman making deliveries in his horse-drawn cart. The clip-clop of the horse’s hooves and the rattling of the glass milk bottles are sounds reminiscent of my childhood. But unfortunately, the sounds of bombs going off and gunfire are also part of my childhood memories. A lot of my summers in Belfast were during the height of “the troubles.” Such events taught me about diversity and hatred and how they can destroy generations.

Time in Canada

Life in Canada was different from Ireland. I remember lots of snow. During one heavy snowstorm, our car became buried in snow in a matter of a few hours. But, everyone adapted to the weather. The elementary school I attended flooded the playgrounds with water so we could go skating all winter long. I headed off to school each morning with my skates slung over my shoulder. All that was great until the one time I did come home with a minor case of frostbite in my toes because I stayed out too long in the cold. 

At Halloween, we learned to buy costumes in bigger sizes to fit over our winter coats. More importantly, we learned to use the restroom before we bundled up to go outside. Getting out of a snowsuit is no easy task. In Canada, I learned about making do in all circumstances.

USA Citizenship

Finally, we immigrated to the USA. After college, my whole family decided we should apply for citizenship status. This took a lot of study and preparation for the test and interview with the immigration department. I never realized how much work it would take to become a US citizen. 

Finally, in June of 1985, I became a US citizen. It was a day of grand celebrations for my family and something I am so glad I accomplished. God has provided so much for me in my new home country. I learned that for those given much, much will be expected.

Heavenly Citizenship

We are all citizens of some country, either by birth or by naturalization. But as Christians, we have a citizenship that is far more important for us, and that is our heavenly citizenship. The things I learned living in each country taught me how to be a good citizen of heaven.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”

Philippians 3:20

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Lessons from Citizenship

Lesson One

Northern Ireland showed me the evils of hatred. People killed each other over religion and invisible lines that divided the island of Ireland. Christ taught me to love my enemies. In the gospel of Mark, we find the greatest commandment is to love God and our neighbors as ourselves. 

“30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31

Lesson Two

Canada taught me to adapt to my circumstances. If not prepared, snow and cold could put a person in danger. My heavenly citizenship teaches me to trust God with the events in my life, and He will keep me safe. 

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

Lesson Three

Life in the USA taught me about many things. This country may not be perfect, but it is the land of possibilities, and I feel so blessed to be here. However, with all the opportunities comes a responsibility to help our fellow man. My heavenly father teaches me that lesson in the gospel of Luke. 

“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Luke 12:48

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Prepare for Our Final Home

When we accept Christ, He grants us heavenly citizenship. And, as citizens, we must spend time preparing for our eternal home. Just like preparing for my US citizenship test took a lot of effort, we must prepare for our heavenly citizenship. And, we need to remain faithful to Christ during the time away from the eternal home. Never forget whose you are, and that earth is not our natural home. Live for Christ, and you will see the rewards of that life when we reach our eternal home.

Prayer

My Heavenly Father, please help me to remember that this world is not my home. Please help me prepare my life for my eternal home with you. Show me how best to study and train daily. Thank you for the blessings You provide. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Grace and Peace to you,

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian #author, #blogger, and #speaker. #BibleGatewayPartner

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18 thoughts on “Lessons from Citizenship

  1. Craig Ruhl – I am a retired businessman with a love of reading, writing, and sharing. My wife, Karen, and I own Faith On Every Corner, LLC. We publish the free digital magazine Faith On Every Corner. In addition, we offer creative writing, editing, and publishing services to writers, authors, and small businesses.
    Craig Ruhl

    Excellent post on our true citizenship. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Craig. I think we sometimes forget about true home. God bless.

  2. Melissa G. Henderson – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    Melissa G. Henderson

    I love reading about your life. I didn’t know this information about you. Thank you for reminding us that our true citizenship is with God.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. I feel truly blessed by God. I am excited to meet you in our heavenly home someday. God bless.

  3. Great post Ms. Yvonne. So many take our American citizenship for granted, as though it’s some type of endowment they are owed. Truth is, real Americans, native or naturalized, must work to maintain the uniquely American ideals and Judeo-Christian values that once made us the strongest and most altruistic nation in the world. Like you ma’am, I’m proud to be an American citizen, but my first allegiance, and my home, is Heaven. God’s blessings ma’am.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks JD. We are blessed to be part of this country for sure. So many dream of making this their home. I hope and pray others develop this same kind of excitement to find out more about their heavenly home. God bless

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    You have lived a very unique life, not only in your childhood and your pursuit of citizenship, but also in your life of ministry to orphans all over the world. You are truly a global person in pursuit of service to Christ.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. God has provided me with an amazing ride so far. God can use anyone to do this kind of work for those who follow Him. God bless

  5. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Three “home” countries and an additional, permanent yet-to-be home to look forward to. They all shaped your perspective – both earthly and heavenly. And it shows in your ministry and writing.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. Your comment made me think of the great quote by Mark Twain “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” God bless.

  6. Michelle – Hi, I am Michelle, I am married to a wonderful Christian man & my best friend ever, in the world. We live in the Peachy state of GA. I hope to inspire and encourage you through my blog posts.
    Michelle

    Great post. Thanks!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Michelle

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      God gave me this perspective as a gift. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  7. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I love the account you provide. I was born in the same town where I still live But a couple of years ago, we went to Ireland–landing first in Belfast. I remember watching the news reports of those bombs going off. My heritage is mostly Irish. We crossed from Scotland to Ireland on a ferry. It felt like I was going home. I’d never before experienced such a feeling.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      That is very cool. I love Ireland and it still feels like home each time I go. Scotland is wonderful too. I hope you can visit again someday. Thanks Nancy.

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