“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
“I need a bigger map than this,” I complained. “I need to see my whole route.” The image on my GPS only showed the next several hundred yards in front of me. But I wanted to see my present location in relation to where I wanted to end up. I needed a bigger picture.
We live in the moment, in the hours of our days, looking at our weekly schedules and our monthly calendars, planning for college educations and retirement, and think we’re wise in our future forecasts. But life isn’t just about our plans for the here and now. Real life is eternal.
I’m learning to evaluate every situation and circumstance for its eternal impact. Paul said, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Though our struggles don’t feel “light and momentary,” in the reality of eternity, they are just one tick on the clock of forever.
I’m also learning to let the words I say pass through this eternal filter. Several years ago, God gave me a verse to motivate me toward my calling: “If you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be my spokesman,” (Jeremiah 15:19). I’m making an intentional effort to speak and write “worthy words” that have an eternal purpose. I ask myself, “How will my words impact someone’s eternity?”
This eternal perspective affects my desires too. When I start to feel the pinch of envy, I remember that Jesus is preparing an eternal place for me that rivals any earthly mansion. I will wear a robe of righteousness that no fashion designer could ever create. I will have a perfect body that doesn’t require hours in a gym.
When we have an eternal perspective of life we understand better the journey we are on. Twisting roads, sharp turns, long stretches, and detours cannot stop us from reaching our final destination – heaven and the presence of God forever. Beloved, I encourage you to widen the view before you and trust the One who is leading you. This life with all its pain and struggle is part of the journey to your perfect eternal destiny. Let’s travel on together with our hearts set on forever.