"Oh man. Whaaaaat in the heck is this crazy whimsical chica talking about now?"
Let me tell ya friends.
I have a feeling this might just change your life.
This life is not all there is.
Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real show. We will spend far more time on the other side of death -- in eternity -- than we will here. Earth is the "preschool" or, for my fellow college friends, the "pregame" to our life in eternity. It is the practice workout before the actual game; the warm-up lap before the race begins. This life is a preparation for the next.
At most, we might get to live a hundred years on earth, but we will get to spend forever in eternity.
We were designed to live forever.
The Bible says, "God has planted eternity in the human heart."
Innately, we all have this inborn instict that longs for immorality- a.k.a we all want to live forever. That is because God designed us, in his image, to live for eternity. Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God has specifically wired our brains with that desire.
The truth of the matter is, one day my heart will stop beating. That will be the end of my body and my time on earth, but that won't be end of me. Whaaaat? PLOT TWIST. Right now, my little 5' 3" earthly "nugget" of a body is just a temporary home for my spirit. That's all it is. The Bible refers to our earthly body as a "tent", but refers to our future body as a "house." So, the bible says that. "When this tent we live in -- our body here on earth -- is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made which will last forever." Y'all I have a feeling that this house that the Bible's talking about is gonna be a million times better than anything we've ever seen on MTV Cribs. Just a guess.
You have a choice.
While in life we're used to having many choices and options available for us. Heck, take a walk down the aisles of Walgreens. There's like 20 options for just toothpaste...
But eternity only ofters two: heaven or hell.
I know that sounds intense,
but there is no way to water that down, nor would I even want to.
Our relationship to God on Earth will determine our relationship to him in eternity. If we learn to love and trust God's son, Jesus, we will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with him. On the other hand, if we reject his love, forgiveness, and salvation, we will spend eternity apart from God forever. For me, I've already made up my mind.
I've made my choice- and I am choosing to have a relationship with Jesus.
And I cannot even begin to put into words how much our relationship has already radically changed my life here on this earth, and I cannot even begin to imagine the greatness of what it will be like to spend eternity fully connected with Him.
Wow. Just wow...in the words of every twenty-something-year-old..."I can't even."
Has it hit you yet?
As you begin to fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now and you start to realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently. The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.
When you live in light of eternity:
1. Your values change
2. You use your time and money more wisely
3. You place a higher premium on relationships and character rather than fame or wealth or achievement
Ultimately, your priorities become completely reordered. I've already started to feel this change. And the change is real my friends.
"Tell me about this 'forever' you speak of..."
So, what is it going to be like in eternity with God?
Will there be tons of pugs? Better than National Geographics scenery? Infinite streams of chocolate? Endless music, laughing and crazy dancing?
(Woah. Sorry. I guess that's just my version of heaven...Anyways..)
Honestly, the capacity of our brains cannot handle the wonder and greatness of heaven. Words have not been invented that could possibly convey the experience of eternity.
The Bible says, "No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord."
But, the super cool thing is, God has given us glimpses of eternity in this world and in His infamous bestselling book, a.k.a. The Bible. We know that right now God is preparing an eternal home for us. In heaven we will be reunited with loved ones who are believers, released from all pain and suffering, rewarded for our faithfullness on earth, and reassigned to do work that we actually will enjoy doing. We won't just lie around on the clouds with halos playing harps! We will get to enjoy having a full oneness with God and he will enjoy getting to have us with him forever. How absolutey amazing does that sound?
That final destination right there sounds so much better than all of my bucket-list dream travel destinations that I obsessively pin on my "Travel" Pinterest board combined.
God has a purpose for our lives on earth, but it does NOT end here.
His plan involves far more than the few decades we live on earth. God offers us an invitation to something that's better than just "the opportunity of a lifetime."
It's an opportunity "beyond our lifetime".
What could possibly be greater than that?
And while I know all this "forever-y" "eternal life" "heavenly" talk might seem a little morbid, since most people only talk about this kind of stuff at funerals...I realized how incredibly important and incredible it is to think more about eternity and less about the happenings of the here and now. In all honesty, I'm not scared to think about this kind of stuff- I'm actually excited to! Lately, I feel like my mind is constantly experiencing heavenly thoughts. Some days, I truly feel like my head is in the clouds- but I would not have it any other way. I see life differently now. And I certaintly live life differently now. And it's been the absolute greatest thing I've ever experienced. Wouldn't want to view or live life any other way.
As the Bible says, "This world is not our home; we are looking forward to an everlasting home in heaven."
So...Here's to living forever, eh?
I can't wait to spend forever with you my loves!
All my love,
"This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever."
1 John 2:17
(*Note: this blog post was completely inspired and based off of Chapter 4 of Rick Warren's incredible book Purpose Driven Life. All credit goes to him. This is just my little twist on thangs 'cause I felt like I NEEDED to share it.)