Sunday, December 9, 2007

I See... What is Heaven Like?

Occasionally, on a Sunday, you’ll catch me ruminating on something spiritual. The last couple of Sunday afternoons I’ve been asking myself, “What is Heaven like?” For most of you, that would be the highest degree of glory in the Celestial Kingdom with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But what is that place like?

I’ll confess that during more fleeting, worldly moments, I was convinced that Heaven would include stuff like a never-ending supply of chocolate-covered raisins, or even a good book next to a warm fire on a cold day that never needed stoking.

However. a couple of Saturday evenings ago, as I was waiting in the Columbia Maryland Stake Center parking lot while Leslie danced the night away inside, I started to figure out that preparing for life in the Celestial Kingdom should include developing an ability to serve my wife and children.

Why? Because I suspect, that when I reach the Celestial Kingdom (I have faith that the Atonement of our Savior makes it possible) my time there will be pre-occupied with serving others. This is based on the intersection of three known truths:

  • We will take with us into the post-mortal world the habits and desires and passions we have developed in this life (see Alma 41);

  • We are happiest when we are helping others; and...

  • God and Christ are wholly consumed in serving their children.

Now, if we are supposed to become like him (“Be ye even as I am”), and if the Celestial Kingdom is God’s presence, then there is nothing important now than increasing my capacity to serve others.

If this is true, however, I’m not ready for awhile. I usually enjoy helping Deon resolve computer problems, and driving Leslie to seminary at an awfully early hour in the morning can fulfill me, but there have been times lately where I have put a flowing, creative, and uninterrupted session of quality blogging ahead of an immediate family need!

1 comment:

  1. Love this post! Such a great reminder, and it makes me feel good that most of us are still working on this...if you can admit to it, than so can I and that's the first step to trying harder, right? :)