We should strive to make the most of this world

The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

My aunt is in a nurs­ing home, and she says she can’t un­der­stand why God keeps her here. She doesn’t have any qual­ity of life, and all she wants to do is go to Heaven. What can I say to cheer her up? Is it wrong for her to feel this way?

Q: A: — Mrs. M.Z.

No, it’s not wrong for us to want to leave this life be­hind and go to Heaven; af­ter all, that is God’s plan for us. As the Apos­tle Paul wrote, “We ... would pre­fer to be away from the body and at home with the lord” (2 Corinthi­ans 5:8).

Never for­get: we were not meant for this world alone. Yes, our bod­ies will die, but our souls will not die — and the closer we get to Christ, the less we’ll be sat­is­fied with the things of this world, and the more we’ll want to be with him for­ever. Paul’s heart-cry can be­come ours: “I de­sire to de­part and be with Christ, which is bet­ter by far” (Philip­pi­ans 1:23).

How can you en­cour­age your aunt? First, let her know that you love her and you will miss her when she is gone. Thank her also for all she’s meant to you (and to oth­ers), and let her know that even now her faith is an en­cour­age­ment to you. Then as­sure her that God has not for­got­ten her. En­cour­age her also to do all she can to help oth­ers, even at this stage of her life. No, she can’t do ev­ery­thing she once did — but she can pray, and she can of­fer an en­cour­ag­ing word to those around her.

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