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

“The word eternity is a hard word to wrap my mind around. When I was younger I thought waiting to open presents on Christmas morning felt like eternity. Then once I was older and put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior I knew my fate was sealed and that one day I will spend eternity in heaven.

Knowing where I will spend eternity has helped me get through some pretty tough times in my life. One of the toughest was in the spring of 2007 when my husband died. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and went through chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem cell transplant. There were a lot of ups and downs during that time but unfortunately the side effects and other complications were too much for his body. Thankfully, he was saved so I knew he was going to heaven and would be free of all pain and suffering and that I would see him again. The night he passed away was one of the saddest moments of my life but also very peaceful at the same time. When he took his last breath, it was as if Jesus was taking him home. Being able to explain to Zach, who was 5 years old at the time that his dad was in heaven with Jesus was a huge blessing.  

We never know what life is going to bring but having faith in Jesus Christ and knowing where I will spend eternity gives me hope that the best is yet to come.