S: And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment… Hebrews 9:27

O: You die once. Death is but an event in the continuum of life. It won’t happen again, and it’s not final for those of us who have received eternal life through Christ.

A: I need to change the way I think. When I think of my life as never ending, it changes how I think about the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” Rather than focusing on doing, I must focus on being. Focusing on doing presumes a finite period of time. For example, what do I want to do before I die? In contrast, focusing on being presumes an infinite period of time. Who do I want to be? I have all the time in eternity to be because it focuses only on the moment. Moment by moment for all eternity, who do I want to be? It’s not about what I accomplish, it’s about who I am. Incidentally, this sounds an awful lot like how God identifies Himself: “I AM.”

P: Lord, change the way I think of my life. Guard my heart and thoughts so that I would focus on being rather than doing – that I would exchange a temporal perspective for an eternal one.

[This entry follows a journaling method called SOAP – Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer]