As I think about my life in Christ from the beginning to this day, 30-some years later, if I could go back and make some changes, there is one adjustment I would definitely make. I would concentrate more on the eternal aspects of life ahead rather than the temporal issues. That's not just a corrective reflection about my life; it is a biblical mandate. Although it is something that takes discipline, I admit it's not as difficult now in my senior years compared to when my life was all in front of me and heaven was viewed (when I even thought about it) as "light years in the future."
Someone once suggested that I "not be so heavenly minded that I would be no earthly good." I consider this to be both bad advice and contrary to the Scriptures. Being heavenly minded is thinking about where I'm going to be and, better yet, who I'm going to be with for all eternity. Focusing on pleasing Jesus here and now in anticipation of spending eternity with Him is the raison d'etre, reason for being, for every believer. This temporal part of my life is less than one heartbeat in time compared to eternity. Paul communicates that absolute truth in Romans:8:18 and 2 Corinthians:4:17: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us....For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." Maranatha!