Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10
Stop for a moment and close your eyes. I want you to draw a mental picture of your ideal day. Imagine a 24-hour stretch where everything goes right. What does your perfect day look like?
Since sleep is such a high commodity, chances are good your ideal day gets off to a later start than usual. And chances are also high that this dream day would be on a Saturday because let’s be honest, no one wants to be working unless it’s the day where you get a spark of creativity, land the big client or achieve a promotion.
So, back to bed, your dream day goes. The kids and dog don’t wake you up. You can hit the snooze button without any guilt. Your morning might start off with a delicious breakfast, and if you are a wife, your picture might also include your husband serving that breakfast in bed.
The world is your oyster today, so you spend it doing the one activity you love to do the most: swinging a golf club, heading to Wrightsville Beach with coffee in hand, playing around in your garden, shopping till you drop or snuggled up on a chair mesmerized by a great book. Whatever you do, you don’t have to worry about money on your ideal day. Money is endless.
In this picture, loved ones surround you, and for a change, there is no tension. The conversations are all almost effortless and filled with laughter and love. Conflict is missing in action. Each relationship you encounter is rewarding.
Everything about today is ideal. There is no traffic going down College Road. The children listen and obey. You find the television remote in the first place you look for it. Your phone doesn’t ring. Someone comments about how cute your outfit makes you look. Everything seems to be clicking, including your spiritual life. God’s Word comes alive. You feel connected to Him in prayer.
Today you feel fully alive. Everything you experience brings new life into your lungs. Now open your eyes. For as spectacular as that dream day might be, let’s look at how Scripture compares it to what awaits us in Heaven. Go back and reread today’s verse.
Scripture puts our ideal day into its proper perspective. One day in Heaven is better than a thousand of the pictures you just drew up in your mind. There is no comparison. Heaven is far better than anything we will ever experience here on Earth.
All of our longings will finally be satisfied. Not just passing moments of fulfillment but true contentment. Rather than settling for happiness, we’ll be full of everlasting joy. For as much good as there will be in Heaven, we can take comfort in the fact that certain things will not exist. There will be no pain, no suffering, no hatred, no racism, no hardships, no injustices, no sickness.
Those great, yet still imperfect, days we have here are tiny glimpses into the place where we belong. On our best day, and also our worst day, we have to be reminded that this world is not our home. So, as we wait for that moment to occur, when we finally go home, let’s use the gift of today to glorify the One who is preparing a place for us.
- How can you use your time today to glorify God?
God, each day You give me is a gift, but none of them compares to the great gift that awaits me in Heaven. My mind and my heart can’t comprehend what I will encounter there. But, I rejoice knowing You will be there and I will get to see You face to face. In the meantime, may I utilize my days to love and serve others while glorifying You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.