A thought by Rick Warren, (2012-10-23) from his book, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (p. 49). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is so true. My writing this and sending it out on a holiday for you to read is done in light of my believing that this life you and I are living is not the end. My belief is that this life I am living now is only a very small part of the life that I will live. My 90 or so years is only a drop in the bucket of my life.
Rick says, “You use your time and money more wisely. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame or wealth or achievements or even fun. Your priorities are reordered. Keeping up with trends, fashions, and popular values just doesn’t matter as much anymore.”
I know some would say that I don’t want anyone to tell me about eternity. That is your belief and I don’t want you to try to push your beliefs on me. But here is the problem. If I say I really care about you and I believe that a personal’s relationship determines where they are going to spend eternity then I have to tell you about the possibility. I care too much about you to not let you know even though you don’t want to hear it.
My belief in eternity causes me to spend time with people who don’t believe and to write this blog. From my perspective it really matters whether you have a relationship with God.
Rick also says, “If your time on earth were all there is to your life, I would suggest you start living it up immediately. You could forget being good and ethical, and you wouldn’t have to worry about any consequences of your actions. You could indulge yourself in total self-centeredness because your actions would have no long-term repercussions. But — and this makes all the difference — death is not the end of you! Death is not your termination, but your transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything you do on earth. Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
That is why to those who believe it is so import for you to believe because we really care about you and where you will spend eternity. You really matter to us and to God.”
So do you have a relationship with God?