On the golf course one day, a businessman wondered whether there were any golf courses in Heaven. He even began to ask the question in his prayers. One day, in answer to his prayers, he received a direct answer from on high.
“Yes,” said the Heavenly messenger, “There are many excellent golf courses in Heaven. The greens are always in first-class condition, the weather is always perfect, and you always get to play with the nicest people.”
“Oh, thank you,” said the man, “That really is marvelous news.”
“Yes, isn’t it?” replied the messenger, “And we’ve got you down for a foursome next Saturday.”
ZONKS! That’s a very different approach to “teach us to number our days.”
Having a mind full of Heaven helps us handle things differently than our earth-bound perspectives. Being eternity-minded reminds us of how short and precious life is and places suffering in perspective.
Because the Apostle Paul suffered severely for the sake of the gospel, he encouraged the Corinthians to shift their focus away from the heaviness of temporary, external circumstances toward the internal and eternal weight of glory that is the inheritance of those who believe. In other words, the glory to come is greater than the pain of the present.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary trouble are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Next Wednesday, October 18th, starts our 4-week study on “Heaven, What You Need to Know.” Join us and meet new friends as we learn together the benefits of setting our minds on things above, not earthly things. To register: www.choosetosoar.com