I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. - Philippians 1:20-26
Since you have granted me eternal life, I have two choices every day. I can either throw myself into productive living for you and others or I can comfort myself that heaven is my real home and treasure. Either choice is good for me. One gives me purpose and the other hope. Purpose and hope are essential feelings for the health of my soul. And you gave me both! That's why I love you so much and understand the value of faith. Keep me in this purpose and hope today and make me a productive servant for my family, my church, and my world.
Pastor Don Patterson
In Christ, you cannot be ruined by life or by death because he has made them both the conduit for blessing.