We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven. Colossians 1:4-5
Destination shapes attitude. It was that way when our family made the long, 14-hour drive to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Loaded into the car were five people and a dog. The potential of an ordeal was high. I'll always believe, though, that our destination made those trips not just bearable, but even celebrative. We knew that waiting for us were two great people who loved us, and the best chocolate chiffon cake on earth.
In the Christian life on earth, destination shapes attitude. The Bible has given us the ending of our life story, and the ending is happy indeed. At the end of our journey--after all the bumps and scrapes and disappointments--is Christ. He has lived for us and died for us, and He is waiting for us.
We are aware of our destination. We have set our hearts on the things that are above. With such a destination, we approach life with confidence and with the kind of love we have come to know in Christ. We find this true: Where there is faith, there is also love and hope. Destination shapes attitude.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, when my faith and love are stretched, shape my attitude with the certain hope of heaven. Amen.
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