'God won't allow you to take on more than you can handle.' Have you heard this? Or maybe you've said it. Is this true? Like many things we've heard and said, it's one of those phrases that's almost in the Bible - but not quite.
After a tragic car accident, Don Piper was pronounced dead on the scene. Almost two hours later, he came back to life. During his 'down' time, he was taken to the gates of Heaven and saw people he knew who had gone before him. It's an amazing story!
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been under constant guard for 84 years now. It's well worth the time to observe the ceremony of the changing of the guards if you get the opportunity. There's an important message for the church to be found here.
When a pitcher can't throw the ball over home plate consistently, we don't wide the plate. We don't lower the standard because of his inability to hit it. He has to adjust. Likewise, God's Word is our standard for living life. We don't change it. It changes us.
A baseball glove is useless without a helping hand. When great plays are made, the glove isn't praised. In a sense, we are like the glove, and God is our helping hand. His Spirit is called the Helper. It's Him in us that makes us effective. He gets the praise!
The best part of Heaven isn't streets of gold and gates of pearl. The best part of Heaven is relationship and being reunited with loved ones who have gone on before us. And of course, our relationship with Jesus goes to a whole other level!
Many tend to think there's Heaven and Earth, and then one day Earth is destroyed leaving just Heaven. The Bible speaks of a new Earth. It also talks about a new Heaven and the new Jerusalem. There's a lot of NEW in Heaven - including you!
The Bible encourages us to think about Heaven. Many of us probably don't do that enough, partly because we just don't know that much about it. And what we do know isn't that exciting - or accurate. Heaven is better, by far, than your best vacation!