Focus on the Glorious and Secure Future that is Heaven – John 3:16

What’s the balance of preparing for the future but living in the present?
I used to think of life as a timeline of long-term future events.
Like “oh this time next in two years I’ll be in this city” or
“this time next year I’ll be in this job.”
I lived life for the next special events on my calendar.
The consequence of that was looking back at a blur.

I also planned excessively for the short term.
Down to every detail … even every thing I ate in a day.
And if it didn’t go according to plan, it bothered me SO MUCH.
It wasn’t until a year ago I realized that, while it is wise to plan for the future,
it is essential (and significantly less painful) to have open hands for each plan to change.

That was a hard lesson to learn because even if I planned really well,
even down to the last detail, I couldn’t always control what happened.
The truth is, the only certain future plan I can have is to focus on heaven.
That end is guaranteed thanks to the salvation I have in believing in Jesus Christ. What a relief.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” ▫️
John 3:16

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