Sunday, September 4, 2011

in light of eternity...

inspiration: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

i started reading through The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
as much as i want to breeze through it, i'm taking the 40 days to read through it so that i can truly soak up every nugget of wisdom that he brings.

i've gotta be honest, i was being challenged to my core within the first few days of reading it; in fact, i still am.

sure, i know what my life is about - who i'm living my life for; what my "purpose" least i thought i did.

until i got to day four (Made to Last Forever):
"When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently. You will start living in light of eternity, and that will color how you handle every relationship, task, and circumstance." (37)
...and taking a slight step back, one of the last lines for day three (What on Earth Am I Here For) truly convicted me: "You weren't put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity." (33-34)

if i'm honest, up until a little over a week ago, i was worried about the legacy i'd leave behind.
granted, i want everything about my life and the legacy i leave to be a reflection of my heart for Jesus. and i still do, don't get me wrong.

but i've been shaken to the core and challenged not to focus on things here on earth, but to prepare my heart for what lies ahead in light of eternity. my time here is only a dot on a line - i will spend more time in Heaven than i ever will on earth.

life here isn't just about living life to the fullest, as i'm guilty of proclaiming.
it's also about preparing for eternity with God.
we can't go on thinking that life here is all there is - there's an eternity with Jesus that we have to look forward to! and once we leave this earth, we get to experience that!

we aren't perfect here, but as soon as we begin our eternal life with God, we will be! and everything - no matter how big or small - is preparing us for that day.

"When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development." (43)
When we realize that our lives here aren't about us, but about bringing praise and worship and glory and honor to God and surrendering our hearts and desires and lives to Him, we come to understand what true joy and peace is!
"When you live in light of eternity, your focus changes from "How much pleasure am I getting out of life?" to "How much pleasure is God getting out of my life?" (76)
i am continually being reminded just how powerless and insignificant i am in light of eternity. But it isn't making me sad or depressed by any means, because i know that everything is preparing me FOR eternity!

i definitely encourage you to begin reading The Purpose Driven Life if you haven't already.
it may challenge you.
it may make you re-evaluate the life you've been living.
it may change you.
but in light of eternity, isn't that what we should want? shouldn't we want to be prepared for the life after this?

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