Sailing to Heaven

Is it possible that where we are right now, doesn’t really matter? You could be staying at home sick with the cabin fever? You could be on the front lines fighting someone else’s war or in the cancer ward waging a battle against a foreign invader. Does it really matter where we are in this present moment?

Think of heaven. Not someone else’s version of heaven, but what you imagine it to be. Is it sipping Mai Tai’s on the beach in the waning years of life? Is it on the other side of the pearly gates reunited with the loved ones who departed before you? Is it both?

Heaven is what really matters. That is the end goal after all. And in order to get there, we have to make the pilgrimage. We have to take the journey to get to our destination. Jesus said we have to take the narrow gate. What does that mean? It means the way isn’t always easy. It isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. There are many pitfalls. There are many snares. There are wrong decisions, financial crises, global pandemics, and enemies lying in wait. But where we are right now in the journey doesn’t matter. It will pass. What matters is where we are heading.

Super Brain quote for faith 5-15-20

I love this statement from Super Brain. Think of it in relation to God. In the beginning, you begin with hope. Easy right? “I hope there is a God because that would give me meaning and purpose to this life.” From hope, comes faith. “I believe in God.” But knowing, that is something entirely different. That is communion. That is walking and talking with God. That is wrestling with Him like Jacob did. It goes beyond hope and faith. It is no longer the things we believe in and cannot see, but something real, something tangible.

Heaven is out there. We are not there yet, but we can catch a glimpse of it in our mind’s eye. To get there, we have to keep going. We continue on in our journey.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dream Time

Begin with the end in mind.

I have heard the above quote before, but I was reminded of it this week while listening to The Art of Manliness Podcast #607  with Stephen M.R. Covey covering his father’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

What is the ultimate end? Death. For a moment, consider what might be said at your funeral. How will you be remembered by your spouse, children, co-workers, and community? What would you like them to say about you? That is your end. And if your goal is to get them to say what you would like them to say, then it would be best if you begin planning and working on it now.

In the same fashion, you could imagine where you want to be in 5, 10, or even 20 years. Once the seed is planted in the imagination, we must begin the cultivation process and allow that seed to grow into reality. Start at the end, draw out the blueprints, lay the foundation, and then complete the project.

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. -T.E. Lawrence

As long as we have breath in our bodies, we can set a new goal. We can have the waking dreams that make us dangerous in the good way. In the book Super Brain by Rudolph E. Tanzi and Deepak Chopra, we learn that cells are dynamic. As long as they keep moving, they live. But once they stop, they die. Even into our later years, we can continue moving. It is only when we become stagnant that we lose the dynamic ability to achieve new growth. The key is to keep growing, to keep improving.

For some of us, we suddenly have more time on our hands than ever before. What will you do with this time? If you have nothing to keep you occupied, it might be a good time to start dreaming. Set a new goal. Dream a new dream. Become the person you want to be known as when you come to your journey’s end.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. –C.S. Lewis