My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, My Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, Turned back, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, Hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, Ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in a maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up.
This past week I was looking through my daily planner and I ran across a bookmark which had the previous words of profound prose written on it. The title is simply “Heaven Bound.” I wish I could give credit to the author, but it was written anonymously. These words ought to describe the life-goal of every Christian.
I have thought often about heaven lately, perhaps partly because I have attended the funerals of several faithful saints during the last couple of months. The scripture which says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart” (Eccl. 7:2) is making more sense to me than ever. You see, God uses these cir-cumstances to focus our attention on our lives, the fleeting nature of them, and what lies beyond this earthly existence. For a Christian, they point our focus toward heaven.
John wrote, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:3-4). What a wonderful and unimaginable place God has prepared for us! As you begin this new year, make a point of thinking of, and preparing more for heaven.