This text is all about “eternal perspective.” It is about looking at life with a different set of lenses—lenses informed by our faith, with the aid of Scripture and the Holy Spirit. That is why I chose this verse as the text for my personal challenge coin when I was a U.S. Air Force Chaplain deployed to Iraq. It is a distinct challenge to walk by faith and not by sight when you are in the thick of combat—whether that be an actual battlefield with the loss of physical life all around you, or whether it is in the seemingly mundane spiritual battles that we all face every single day.
And there is more to this text than “walking by faith.” There is also the reminder that one day we will all stand before God’s throne and be asked to give an account of our lives. It will literally be the biggest report card ever! Although this future event is shrouded in mystery, and I don’t claim to understand all that it will entail, it is clear from several passages of Scripture that we will give an account for every aspect of our lives.
I believe that day of accounting will be a day of gratitude. Gratitude for the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and a day of thanksgiving for God’s beautiful story of redemption in our lives played out for His glory!
At Hope Haven Rwanda, we recently had a day of celebration to celebrate the end of the second term. It was a day filled with thanksgiving and joy! After an inspirational message from Chaplain Shema, and words of guidance and encouragement from Headmaster Fred, students were invited to bring their report cards to their parents.
Proud parents were beaming with smiles from ear to ear as they greeted their children and reviewed their report cards. Hugs and photos were happening everywhere in an attempt to capture these special achievements. Following hours and hours of investment by the students, faculty and parents, it was a day to celebrate a milestone that reflects another step to a brighter future for these families.
Let’s remember to stop and celebrate these special days. Life is tough, in many ways, but God is guiding our steps. He is at work in Rwanda, where a solid education means hope for tomorrow. He is also at work wherever you find yourself reading this today.
Do. Not. Give. Up.
Look forward with hope and expectation to that incredible day of eternal celebration, when it will all make sense—and it will be worth it all!