Several years ago, I saw a plaque in a Lifeway catalog that I have never forgotten.
Six simple words: Live As If Heaven Begins Tomorrow.
What would happen if we really believed that? If we really lived like that?
How would it change your daily life?
Would you stress about money and possessions?
Would you hold onto bitterness and anger?
Would you hold a grudge?
Would you worry about the circumstances in your life?
Would you neglect to pray?
Would you share the good news of the gospel boldly with the people in your life?
Really think about those questions…because Heaven could begin tomorrow for you.
We are all living on borrowed time and none of us know how long we have to live on this earth.
I have been living like this for the past week and it has been revolutionary. It is so much easier to let things like silly offenses go. To refuse to allow worries to occupy my mind. To be kind. To be loving. To choose joy. To not be fixated on tomorrow but to be fully present now. To keep short accounts with my God.
Lately I have been reading Randy Alcorn’s amazing book entitled Heaven. I highly recommend it. The Bible has so much to say about our heavenly home and it is glorious!!!
We spend far too little time learning about the place where we will spend eternity…and way too much time being obsessed with the things of earth.
In the years since I first saw that plaque in the catalog, Jesus has continually opened my eyes to the wonders of His grace and I marvel in that miracle every single day. He has loosened my grip on the stuff of this world through trials that have forced my faith out into the light, to stand firm in what I say that I believe…and to experience the joy that comes from knowing that my faith is not just empty words or intellectual knowledge. It is the real deal.
This world is not my home.
I love my family. I love my friends. I love my life here.
But it’s all temporary and I can never forget that.
Living as if Heaven begins tomorrow has been a gateway to joy.