How do your beliefs about eternity affect the here & now?

Knowing that there is an eternity beyond this world and that there is a fulfillment of all that God intended for his creation gives me a different focus on what matters most.  It keeps me praying for the people that I love to come to know Jesus as their savior especially my own babies.  It helps me to remember that I can entrust my children to a God because life is so much bigger than this world.  It helps me to remember that the troubles of this world truly are temporary and that I can trust God with everything.  It helps me to love without expectation and to freely forgive many people in my life, but especially a group of teenagers that God gives me the privilege to teach every year.  It helps me to focus on the people in my life and not the tasks that I need to complete which is a huge shift for someone who is great at mastering the to-do list.  

Knowing all of this leaves me with such a sense of peace; Peace in knowing the struggles of this world might be hard, but they are limited and even when they feel long they are really short in the realm of a forever eternity.  It’s not always an easy idea to put into practice, but God helps me to focus on that when uncertain or devastating times arrive. A by-product is that He helps me not to worry about the outcome.

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