Inspirational Sunday

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Rae's Thought: There's a story about a retiring missionary coming home to America on the same boat as the president of the US. As they got off the boat, cheering crowds, a military band, a red carpet, banners, and the media welcomed the pres home while the missionary slipped away unnoticed. Feeling self-pity and resentment, he began complaining to God. Then God gently reminded him, "But my child, you're not home yet."

Children of God tend to focus on acquiring things like wealth, recognition, and status during our brief stay on Earth. The more awards you receive; the more money you have; the more people you know, the better off you'd be...or so we think. Second Corinthians 4:18 tells us that, instead of focusing on earthly treasures (things seen), we need to focus on our heavenly treasures (things unseen). Everything we accumulate here will perish, but what we've accumulated in heaven will last for an eternity.

Feel like being a Christian isn't as rewarding as you thought? Tired of living a godly life yet slipping away unnoticed? Take heart! God is watching everything you do. Every gift you've given; every smile you've shown, every door you've opened; every time you turned away instead of fight....God is making a note of every reward-worthy thing you do here on Earth. Keep working to bring souls to Christ. Keep giving from your heart. Keep living a godly life.

Can you imagine what will be awaiting you when you get to heaven? I can. I get chills thinking about it. I see a huge crowd made of angels and loved ones, cheering me on. I can hear their cheers, claps, and whistles. I hear the heavenly music playing as I walk down the golden streets. Ah! Beautiful, peaceful music - unlike any I've ever heard. I look in the crowd of angels and see my grandparents, great grandparents, and ancestors, smiling and waving. I finally get to meet GaGa, my great grandmother/guardian angel. But the best part? At the end of the parade, I see the Father and Son, holding their arms out, waiting for me with huge smiles on their beautiful faces. When I reach them, they wrap their arms around me and say, "Welcome home, princess." As I inhale their sweet fragrance and bask in their love, I realize that living the godly life on Earth - and focusing on things unseen - was totally worth it.