This Life Is Not All We Have to Live For…

Listen to me, dear friend.  Our hope does not lie in this temporal life; it lies in the life to come.  And sometimes that is all the consolation there is.  Suffering takes us to the edge of eternity and confronts us with the horror of a life filled with arbitrary pain.  But if the end of this life brings us to the threshold of eternity, then the most fortunate people in the universe are those who discover, through suffering, that this life is not all we have to live for.  Those who find themselves and their eternal God through suffering have not suffered meaninglessly.  Their poverty, grief, despair, and hunger have driven them to the Lord of eternity.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 173-174

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