When was the last time you stopped and thought about eternity?
We all get so busy just trying to finish out the day, who has the time and energy to think beyond that? Our lives become nothing more than a short-sighted rut. Running to and fro, we don't even see the damage this blindness causes in our lives, relationships, and worship.
Paul David Tripp, reminds us of the oft forgotten truth, that we were created for forever. In, Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It, he examines this truth and the impact it should have on our lives and the harm we suffer when we forget it, what he calls, eternity amnesia.
"If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied."
1 Corinthians 15:19
We spend all our energy searching for joy in a world that can't provide it. We expect people and things to make us happy, but of course they will always fail. The realization of our joy and fulfillment is destined to happen in the next world, not in the here and now. This world isn't an end, but a preparation. Paul shows how we can change our focus and trust God to bring us through to eternity, where we will experience the fruit of our faith.
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis
I realized quickly, that this was I book I needed to read. For me, forever, is one of the first thoughts to be pushed from my mind in the overwhelming, busyness of life. Reading this, I came to see just how much not having a view of eternity, affects so many areas of life. Everything from marriage, parenting, and even work, cannot be performed properly while suffering from eternity amnesia.
We were made for forever. I recommend, Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It to all who like myself, need to be reminded.