The Life of Heaven

This past week I learned that a former classmate died after being in a car accident. I didn’t know her that well, but it was still a shock. She was four years younger than me; a newlywed, with a young baby. Her life had just begun.

When I found out, memories came flooding back. I remember her being at my dinner table at Bible college, showing pictures of her family; the note she wrote me on my birthday. You never know when will be the last time you see someone. I couldn’t help thinking; why her, and not me? I drive almost two hours for work, it could just as easily have been me. And it got me thinking, life is so fragile. One moment we are here, and the next we can be gone.

I don’t really like thinking about death, to be honest. It scares me. It doesn’t scare me to think about life after death, but more so what I’m leaving behind. I am scared of not accomplishing all that I was meant to accomplish. I’m afraid of failing. I know that I am accepted in Christ, because of His death and resurrection, and so death no longer has any sting. I know that I will see Him face to face, just as my friend is now doing. However, I want my life to count. I don’t want to leave this life with people thinking that I was just a nice person, who did some nice things. I want to accomplish something lasting. Something of eternal value. I want to be remembered for loving Christ more than earthly things. I want to live for the next world, and not for this one. The question is, am I? Or am I living half in for this world? Am I clinging too tightly to things that will fade away?

“The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must be begun here on earth.”

L.M Montgomery, from Anne of the Island

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21