I love lazy days. I love sleeping in, not having to look at my planner, moving in slow motion, and watching too many shows on Netflix.

Today, I had absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go. I didn’t leave my room all day. At one point, I was just sitting on my bed, looking out the window. That’s when I spoke this to God:

“Life is such a funny thing. It’s so big. There are so many places and opportunities and adventures and things to do. I feel like I could never do it all. I’m wasting all this time when there’s so much out there. But at the same time, life is so small. It’s short. It’s temporary. There are much greater things waiting for us.”

I’m not sure if you’ve ever thought about this or if I’m just a deep thinker, but I tend to ponder this idea rather often. On one hand, I want to go on all these great adventures. I have so many dreams of traveling the world, doing missions, getting married, having kids, adopting babies, getting a puppy, teaching a class, learning new skills. I could go on and on about the things I don’t want to miss out on.

But on the other hand, I know this life is only a temporary home. I know that eternity in heaven is the goal. I know that my life is fleeting, and that my job as an ambassador of Christ may require sacrifices of some of those dreams.

So how do we balance this funny thing called life? How do we find the healthy perspective between making the most of our time on this Earth and being focused on the next life? Well, I don’t have the answer to that. But I did dig into the word and found some essential truths on the matter.

1. Life on Earth is short, and maybe even shorter than you would hope. 

  • Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring- what you life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” {James 4:13-15}
  • Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. {Psalm 90:12}

2. Though time is limited, He has big plans for our lives on this Earth.

  • I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations. {Jeremiah 1:5}
  • Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. {Matthew 28:19-20}
  • The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. Lord, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands. {Psalm 138:8}

3. God wants us to enjoy all these great adventures and blessings. 

  • I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. {Ecclesiastes 3:12}
  • Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward. {Ecclesiastes 5:18}
  • “God looks like champagne toasts, pink shoes, and best friends.” -Stephanie May Wilson
  • God gives us good gifts. He wants us to enjoy His creation and all the beautiful blessings He has given us.

4. It is important to have an eternal perspective. 

  • Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. {Matthew 6:20-21}
  • Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. {Colossians 3:2}
  • “It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.” –Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

I feel like I could just keep going, but I’ll leave you with plenty of scripture to continue digging for. Knowing these 4 truths can help us to find a healthy and appropriate perspective of this life. God loves us, and He wants us to enjoy this funny thing called life. But, while on Earth, focus on loving God and loving people. Because in the grand scheme of things (i.e. eternity in heaven), it’s the impacted souls that will matter.

My prayer for you is that you will go through this life with a deep, joyous love for all that it brings. That you laugh through the good times and hope in the bad. That you soak up beautiful views and treat yourself to dessert. I hope you love every moment, but that you are never afraid or dreadful of going on to the next life. I pray that you look forward to a perfect eternity spent worshipping the Living God, resting assured that one day in heaven is better than a thousand elsewhere (Better Is One Day- Kutless).