“There’s no better place for me to become like Jesus than my present circumstances,” says Marie Chaplan.
Why would I want to become like Jesus? That is, why would I want to become full of grace and peace? Why would I want to become humble of heart, able to enjoy and bless everyone whose path I cross?
Granted, my friends and family and colleagues would appreciate it. Granted, my quality of life on earth would improve. But would it matter in the end?
Ruth Bell Graham seemed to think it would. In Billy Graham’s latest book Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well, he tells this story: “Long before she became bedridden, [Ruth] was driving along a highway through a construction site. Carefully following the detours and mile-by-mile cautionary signs, she came to the last one that said, ‘End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.’ She arrived home chuckling and telling the family about the posting. ‘When I die,’ she said, ‘I want that engraved on my stone.’”
According to Billy, “Death says, ‘This is the finality of accomplishment.’”
What do you think? Will we have the opportunity to grow and change in eternity? Will we continue to learn more of God? Is there some sense in which this life is the only chance we get to grow our souls? Will a large soul have a greater capacity to enjoy eternity than a shrunken or unstretched soul? I’d love to hear your thoughts.