So often in life, we treat temporary circumstances as permanent. We can’t see past the moment in front of us. That’s how we get ourselves into trouble. Some of the worst decisions in our lives are made because we aren’t thinking about tomorrow. Scripturally, some might argue that we are supposed to focus on each moment and not worry about tomorrow. I agree with that. However, just because scripture commands us not to worry about tomorrow doesn’t mean that we should forget it or not consider it at all.
In fact, I believe we should always operate with the more permanent in mind, especially as it relates to eternity.
Being deployed in the U.S. military, it’s especially easy to get caught up in the temporary. There are many days that I have to almost pinch and remind myself that this is only temporary. Its difficult. Being deployed is somewhat unnatural. You leave everything behind, knowing its only temporary. However, this temporary can last several months to years. Its hard not to think that its permanent.
Treating the temporary as permanent can be dangerous. Again, some of the worst decisions in life are made in that mindset. Also, when we view the temporary as permanent, we can lose hope easier, get depressed quicker, and worry more because we don’t see a way out. We forget that the bad times are not forever. In the same vein, we also forget that the good times aren’t forever. We fall deeper into sin when we seek temporary pleasures to try and fulfill ourselves. The simple pleasures of sin are a lie. The pleasure is cheap and it wears off quick. Worse yet, the consequences of those temporary pleasure fixes run deep and can impact life for a long time in a negative way. The more permanent has to be considered.
Most importantly, when we operate in light of eternity, we realize what is more important in life. We realize how important it is to care for and love others to show them Jesus. We find true happiness and fulfillment in the one who will eternally give us riches in heaven. Why settle for less?
I wish each one of my Soldiers would remember that today is only temporary. At home, are families that love them. At home, are problems that haven’t been solved. At home, is the real financial state they’ve created for themselves. The battle buddy next to you is worth investing in. There won’t be many opportunities to love the crap out of and care for another human being outside your family like there is during a deployment. What an opportunity to show them Christ! Seize the day in light of eternity!
James 4:14 says our lives are “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”. This life is temporary. Don’t waste it. Think of eternity!