How you picture your future

There’s an old story about two men who were thrown into a dungeon.

One man learned that his family was dead. But the other learned that his family was alive and waiting for him if and when he ever got out.

The one who learned that his family was dead wasted away and died rather quickly.

But the one who knew his family was waiting for him endured for ten whole years until he finally got out.

Both men were relatively healthy and at the same stage of life. The difference is that they pictured their future differently.

The reason I tell you this is because what you’re going through in this life isn’t all there is. Although there are certainly some highlights, there is also a lot of pain and difficulty. Some days (or years) you feel like the meat going through the meat-grinder.

But if you believe in Jesus, you have an incredible future. Think paradise! To one of the criminals at the crucifixion, Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

In Christ, one day so will you! 

Does knowing this make all your current problems go away? Probably not. But how you picture your future can give you faith, courage and strength to endure the present.

Today’s troubles are temporary. Amazing grace is coming…

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday podcast—Part 3 in the Miracles series. In it I explore eight responses to when miracles don’t happen. You can listen in here. Enjoy!
  • Bible quotes are from the New International Version.

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