When faced with an important decision, we need to ask ourselves, “Am I doing this with the long-term view in mind?”
Through the years I’ve seen scores of people live with regret because they didn’t consider this question. Some have allowed their desire for immediate gratification to make them slaves of illicit sex, alcohol, or drugs. Students have dropped out of high school to get a job so they could buy a car. Married people have permitted a superficial infatuation to break up their homes. Businessmen, because of their greed for money, have gotten in trouble with the law. These people all paid a high price for not taking the long-range view.
In 2 Peter 3, the apostle pointed out that someday this earth and everything in it will be destroyed by fire. Since we will go on existing forever, wouldn’t it be wise to take the long-range view? This means first of all settling the matter of our destiny – heaven or hell – by believing on Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Then, as believers, we are to give priority to the spiritual realities that last, and to conform ourselves to the spotless image of Christ.
Are you looking at life in the light of eternity? That’s taking the long-range view. – Herbert Vander Lugt
O Lord, You’d have us ponder this,
One truth You’d have us see;
The choices that we make each day
Will shape our destiny. – D. J. De Haan
We reap in eternity what we planted in our lifetime.
- May 2, 1992, Our Daily Bread