If I had to name a single theme that has dominated my life in the past decade and a half, or a lesson that keeps coming to the surface, it would be this:

That this life and everything in it are temporary. The only things that last are God, His Word, and heaven.

The Lord has reminded me of these truths time and time again, through countless circumstances and experiences.

Being a renter and never a homeowner is one such circumstance. Moving ten times in the same city, and making two transatlantic moves have also cemented these realities into the forefront of my mind.

Remembering that this life is not all there is can be so encouraging. It also puts things into a proper perspective, and helps me to relax when I’m tempted to get worked up about a small, insignificant thing.


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When material items break, I’m disappointed, but I try to remember that I’m not taking them with me to heaven anyway — so I really shouldn’t stress.


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Having the mindset that this life is temporary also challenges me to make relationships count. To make each encounter, each exchange matter. Souls are eternal — bodies are not.

How can we increase our appetite for this promised “inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade”?

Related post: Giving Kids an Eternal Perspective


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