The only way to live effectively in our short, temporary life, is by living life with an eternal perspective!
My family has learned much about living with an eternal perspective the past three years. My son, Trey, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2012, and fought hard every single day for a year, but on September 1, 2013, the Lord called him home to heaven. Trey was 7 years old. As you can imagine, this was incredibly difficult for our family. My wife and I had four other children at the time, and we were all shaken to our very core. Yes, I am a pastor, and yes, I know what the Bible says, but there is a difference between “knowing” something and “living” something, and on September 1, 2013, we were confronted with the reality of whether or not we would truly live what we knew. On that day, we were greatly comforted with the incredible truth that Trey was in the presence of God, because he had surrendered his life to Jesus earlier that year. However, we were still hurting since we knew we had to go on in this life without him. That was and continues to be a difficult reality.
Since September 1, 2013, my family has been on a journey of growth and healing together. We have learned, in a fresh and new way, what it means to make the most of the time God has given us. The Bible says in James 4:14, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” This verse begs the question, “How should we live our lives while on this earth?” Some might say, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.” Others might read that verse and live in fear, or go into a hyper-protective mode trying not to ever let anything bad happen to them or the ones they love. Yet, those perspectives and many more are not the way we need to live.
2 Corinthians 4:18 tell us what to do. This scripture says, “So we fix our eyes, NOT on what we can see, but on what we CANNOT see, for what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal.” This is how we need to live. We need to live on earth with a focus on eternity. When we live with eternity in mind, we will live to please God, whom we will all stand before one day. We will love and treat our family and friends they way they should be treated. We will have the right priorities and make better decisions. We will serve and sacrifice for others instead of living for ourselves. We will not worry about things that do not matter or things we cannot control. And list goes on and on. The question is not whether or not we will have hard things happen to us in this life, for we will. The question is, “How we will respond when those hard things do indeed happen?” The answer? We must live and embrace each day with an eternal perspective! I cannot wait to unpack these ideas at Men’s ReWired in 2016. I hope to see you there!