Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Looking Forward...

Last week was a great week.  Why?  Because of Friday night.  Friday night was a dinner that my wife and I had been long anticipating.  It was a night for celebrating something that God had blessed us with.  We picked our favorite restaurant and even invited another couple to join our celebration.  It was one of those nights when you order appetizers, drinks and dessert - we stayed there for 3 hours, enjoying every second of it.  This one event made the whole week great as it served as that "carrot" to work forward to...it made all of the difficult times of the week easier to bear, knowing what was coming Friday night.

As I was grabbing my jacket to go to this dinner, I was struck by this thought; what if my entire life was spent anticipating the life to come?  Or, in other words, do I ever spend anytime looking forward to Heaven?  Do I even believe in heaven?  If such a small thing as a great dinner can change my outlook on a work week, how much more would a glimpse of heaven change my outlook on my life on earth?

Looking forward takes time...time to dream, to imagine, to taste.  Imagine...

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-2)


"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'  He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' " (Rev 21:1-5)

I've been thinking about heaven recently, as I heard a new song that I love called "You Hold me Now" by Hillsong.  Take a moment, check it out, read these Scriptures, and start dreaming about the life to come...it will inspire you.

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