I was at a conference in Alberta this week hosted by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). What a blessing it was to hear from leaders across North America who are dedicated to Christian education; leaders who consider this to be their calling and who have been in Christian education for decades. It was a reminder to me of God’s faithfulness over the generations. We have much to be thankful for.
One of the most powerful messages shared was from Dan Egeler, former president of ACSI, who challenged the mantra ‘carpe deim’ (seize the day), asking, why just one day? The title of his session was Carpe Aeternitatem: Seize Eternity.
Dan reminded us that this generation hears over and over again that there is no absolute truth and that tolerance is the ultimate virtue to be achieved. He challenged us as leaders in Christian education to engage in this cultural conversation instead of doing what we may want to do, which is to pull away from it. We need to provide a counter-cultural perspective by committing to put first things first with a focus on eternity.
The more I let that phrase – focus on eternity – sink in, the more I realized that this world needs us as believers to share that good news of the HOPE of ETERNITY with 100% confidence that it is real. We need to teach our children that their faith in Jesus is real. There is absolute truth.
What if we woke up every day and the first thoughts we allowed to enter our heads were ‘eternity focused’? What is Heaven like? Can you imagine? We have so much to look forward to. There is a great hope for any who choose Him. Since returning from the conference, I am enjoying talks with my boys about what Heaven will be like. I want them to live their lives in light of eternity. We came across this description of heaven on bibleinfo.com. As you read, let this Truth soak into your being:
- All things are new
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1, 2).
- No tears or pain
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
- Perfect peace
“‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust [shall be] the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,’ says the LORD” (Isaiah 65:25).
- Houses and vineyards
“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit” (Isaiah 65:21).
- Fruitful gardens
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (Isaiah 35:1).
As we strive to seize eternity each day, we model for our children that our faith is real. Let’s teach them to think Christianly by making the reality of our eternal life evident every day. As a leader at Regent Christian Online Academy, I commit to being eternity-focused so that the message of great hope permeates all that we do for your children. The salvation of each child in our school is a priority for me. I pray that the love of Jesus Christ washes over each of you today as you walk out your life with a focus on the HOPE we have in Heaven. I can only imagine…