How Will This Affect Eternity?

10 All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations. Psalm 145:10-13

It’s hard to think about eternal things while we’re still in these temporary bodies and living in a fast-paced me-centered world. Sometimes it’s difficult just to catch your breath at the amount of information we have access to at the click of a button.

But as we all know, our life here on earth is short. The older we get, the faster it goes. That’s not a new phenomenon. Our parents and their parents said the same thing.

How would we change if we thought about eternity more? As the 18th Century preacher Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.”

What would happen if our decisions were filtered with the question, “how will this affect eternity?”

Would we be more cautious with our spending, our tongue, and our attitudes?
Would we be kinder and gentler towards those around us?
Would we be quicker to dismiss insults?
Would we love more?
Would we be less angry at things that don’t go our way?

Lord, stamp eternity on our eyeballs.

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