I often lose sight of the big picture.  Yes, living one day at a time is wise counsel and sometimes necessary in order to not take for granted what’s right in front of me.  Time is going by faster than ever and I don’t want to miss anything, especially opportunities with my kids.  But as I try to enjoy the moment and the blessing of family and the good things in my life, I can’t forget that this is not all there is; this is not home.


Keeping a proper perspective about the here and now and the here to come is essential for establishing priorities.  I really need to be pouring my time and resources into the things that will last.  In other words, planting seeds of hope, joy, grace, and love into the lives of people God puts in my path everyday.  These are the things that matter; not money or status, or all the other things that scream for my attention.

For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.  With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.  Don't forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:14-16


Looking forward should compel us to look around.  Looking forward cultivates a spirit of anticipation, which encourages preparation.  We prepare by doing good and sharing what we have with those in need both physically and spiritually.  So start planting and preparing for a glorious homecoming around the throne of Jesus.