Romans 12:11-12

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.  – Romans 12:11-12

Dear Jesus,
Even if I were to feel that I had good reason to lose my zeal for the callings you have given me, that would not mean that I would quit any of them.  I don’t care about the reasons I should quit, only the reasons I should strive harder and serve better.  When the hope of spending heaven with you shines from the distant horizon of the few short years I have left, I get excited to make the most out of the remaining moments.  Because then, in heaven, we’ll have that much more to laugh and rejoice over.

Pastor Don Patterson

Heaven is not a gift at the end of life.  It’s the gift that gives the rest of our journey energy, meaning and direction.