“I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple––in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things––your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.” 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 MSG
There are a lot of things that can consume us that are really a waste of time. Our perspective on this changes everything. If we believe this world is where it’s at, then we will strive and do everything we can to get all it has to offer. We will spend all our efforts on getting a good degree so we can get a good job, so we can buy a nice car and have a nice house, so we can one day get married, so we can have kids. That is what life is all about, right?
But if you believe you will spend eternity in heaven with God and He will provide you with your truest desires, and even more than you’ve ever dreamed of, then you will consider this world temporary (2 Corinthians 4:18). You would live as if you were a stranger to this world (1 Peter 2:11), not consumed with the things of this world.
If the American Dream is your biggest goal in life, then you have truly missed what God is offering not only for this life but in the life to come.
What is it that you are striving after? Does it really matter? How does it compare to heaven?