Life At Its Best: Live your life with right priorities
Everyone loves a party. There are few things more enjoyable than celebrating special days with those we love.
However, as we all know, these events don't just happen on their own. They take a lot of planning and preparation to become a success.
I first discovered this when my wife began planning for our wedding. To be honest, I had no idea how much work went into preparing that day.
I assumed that as long we had a preacher and a building, we were good to go. But I soon learned that Tamara's expectations were a bit higher.
I remember watching her as she scrolled through countless magazines searching for the best cake, dress and decorations.
Every day, she formed new to-do lists. She and her sister worked hard to ensure that every last detail was covered.
When the big day came, it was pretty close to flawless. You could see the excitement in her eyes as she looked around. All the hard work had finally paid off. She was now able to fully enjoy the day she'd been waiting for.
A wedding day is one of the best earthly pictures I can imagine of our entrance into heaven. As Christians, there's no bigger day than the day we get to stand before our creator.
He wants it to be one we look forward to and enjoy. But like a wedding, the enjoyment we experience is determined by how well we've prepared.
1 John 2:28-29 says, "Dear children, I want you to continue in Him so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming."
One day, each of us will stand before the Lord and give an account of our life. I don't know about you, but I want to be able to stand before Him, proud of the life I lived.
I want to know that because of the preparations I've made on Earth, I can enjoy heaven fully.
Making these preparations starts with choosing right priorities on earth. This can be challenging at times. There are constantly people and activities competing for our time and attention.
We must be intentional about how we invest our lives. We must choose to spend our time and energy devoted to those things that carry eternal value.
Then, we must die to our own desires. It's important to realize that this isn't a one-time decision. The apostle Paul said, "I must die to my own desires daily." We must continually choose to submit our own will to God's will for our lives.
Sometimes, that means making decisions and sacrifices we don't want to make. But we'll soon find that it's worth it. Even if we can't see it now, the earthly sacrifices we make are minor compared to the reward of heaven forever.
What preparations are you making for heaven while on Earth? I encourage you to live with right priorities. Make investments with eternal value.
Choose to pursue God's desires above your own. Start making preparations today that will cause you to do things that will satisfy you eternally.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.