I was talking to someone who was concerned that they would get bored being immortal. What would we do for all eternity? Of course they were thinking of eternity on this planet surrounded by sin and struggling with their own sinful tendency to be stressed. Stress that comes from striving to be strong and perfect, not dwelling in the here and now but letting their mind wander to the future and wallow in the past, not being where they are at, etc.
Trust me, eternity won’t be a problem because our attitudes will be perfected, but it doesn’t hurt to practice our eternity NOW.
I am commanded to take no thought for the morrow but rather focus on today. One gift the Lord has given me as early as my teen years was the gift of dropping out of time. I had been immortally alive since I was 5 years old and time seemed irrelevant. I watched my peers ignore the privilege of learning and being in the present because their happiness was connected to the weekend or being somewhere else.
WHAT’S THE RUSH? Death is but a transition from one home to another.
In heaven will I be eagerly awaiting the future, ignoring the wondrous present or wallowing in the past?
But I am already immortal! So I seize life one moment at a time, savoring what I have, relating to who are in my life, doing all things with all my might and rejoicing in the wonder of WHO I AM, thus acknowledging the brilliance of my designer.
The bad attitude of thinking life starts only after I get to heaven can only cause me to not grasp the privilege of NOW!
Think with me of all the COOL STUFF WE CAN do now that WE CAN’T DO IN HEAVEN. True, I won’t object when he calls me home but WHAT’S THE RUSH? On earth I can do battle with evil, I can witness to the unsaved, I can practice faith, I can exercise hope, I can comfort the ill and wounded, I can lay up treasure in heaven, I can encourage the weak, I can restore brethren overtaken in a fault, I can apologize and ask forgiveness, I can join in Christ’s sufferings and labors, I can pray power into the battle, I can hold up my pastor’s hands when he is tired, I can teach and share with others what God has done for me.
If I take for granted what now is, resent what now is and wish it were magically something else; then when things change, I will take that for granted, resent that, and wish for yet something else.
Now is the day of salvation, now is the appointed time. When THEN becomes NOW then we will be free to freely grab that reality BUT NOT YET MY FELLOW IMMORTALS.