Mixed Feelings

Q. I’m 22 and graduating college. I know that Lord’s return can be any day now. Is it wrong that I feel conflicted about it? I want Him to return soon, but I also desire to have my own family and kids. What can I do so that I can remain strong in wanting Him more than family?

A. Most of us have been taught to focus on this life and to strive for all it has to offer. Having spent so much time and effort in preparation, it’s natural to want the chance to experience some of it.

But remember this. The Lord hasn’t spent the last 2000 years preparing a place for you just to have you be disappointed when you get there. I can guarantee you that whenever you leave this world, the one you’re going to will so far exceed your expectations that you won’t experience one second’s worth of regret for anything you might have left undone here.

Try memorizing and repeating these verses to keep yourself focused on the life to come.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9).

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Tim 4:8).

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