Where we aim in life is crucial; it shapes everything else we do.
I sat in a bus, gazing out at a Middle Eastern hillside. Sheep grazed as their young shepherd sat on the edge of the roadway. His mind was single-focused, far from the busyness of city life. As was mine.
Above the barrenness of the landscape—except for tiny patches of green beneath scraggly shrub trees—the expanse of sky drew me in.
The busyness of ministry had captured my thoughts for nearly a week, but now, on a long bus ride to visit the country's tourist sites, my mind drifted to simpler things. Oh how sudden solitude can adjust our perspective.
Suddenly "alone" in my seat, I thought of heaven. I recalled words I'd read in Bible college that stirred my heart as a young girl: "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity *
For a solid week, while it seemed I focused on earthly things, my ministry was securely rooted in the eternal. I shared God's practical truth and reinforced a teaching on the Christian worldview—eloquently shared by one of our speakers. I testified about the day I'd decided to follow the teachings of Jesus. I listened as women shared from their hungry hearts.
And then, as I witnessed God's work of transformation in many, I thought, "How wonderful! This little patch of Earth is becoming a bit more like heaven—a place of joy and peace, a place where God fills our thoughts."
In his book Heaven, Randy Alcorn wrote: **
"Our minds are so much set on Earth that we are unaccustomed to heavenly thinking. So we must work at it. ... We need a generation of heavenly minded people who see human beings and the earth itself not simply as they are, but as God intends them to be."Returning home, I thought about some of my favorite scriptures: "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:1-3).
As we seek those things that are above, we are actually seeking God and His purposes in the world.
I was more determined that thoughts of heaven would fill my mind.
I even placed a target above my computer to remind me to keep an eternal perspective.
- I could target effective ministry. A worthy goal.
- I could target better relationships. Again, well worth my time.
- I could target many things.
But if I will target heaven—if I will live with eternity in mind—I will get these and other profitable things "thrown in."
And God will be honored.
Where are you aiming? Do you need a better target?