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photo: Martha G. Brady

What does the future hold for me?

I try not to think about it too much these days. When I was younger, it was the way I coped. Especially when times were hard. I would think about the future and realize things would get better. That no matter how hard things were at the moment, they were bound to improve once the kids got older or the job changed or we worked a little harder and saved some money or…

I try not to think about the future too much these days but when I was younger, it was the way I coped. Click To Tweet

But the kids are grown now. Jobs are gone. We are retired. Our bodies show signs of decay and weakening. We do what we can to keep going and stay healthy, but at ages 71 and 79 we are on the downhill slope of life. That doesn’t mean that all opportunities for influence are gone. It just means that physically, we aren’t getting stronger. We also see signs of mental fatigue as well. stop

I’m not getting stronger or smarter but my long term future is very hopeful!

These days, I know that I will not be getting stronger physically and not much better mentally either! I don’t dwell on it because I don’t want to get down, but it’s there for me to see and be aware of.

Fortunately, there is another dimension. There is a positive and hopeful future. It is in the unseen world. That eternal world that continues after I die physically. It is when I will come alive in ways I never was here on earth. I will be fully transformed physically, spiritually and emotionally, to live in the presence of Jesus forever!

Short term, the future is not very exciting. But longterm, it is stunning! Click To Tweet

Thinking about that can get very exciting. It’s when GOD’s grace will become new and fresh in ways I have never understood as I stand in the presence of GOD dressed in the righteousness of Christ and know the full acceptance of the Father in ways I never fully knew it here on earth.

Short term, the future is not very exciting to me. It involves decay and a downhill path. But longterm? The future is stunning! It is filled with light and glory, delight and worship, music and color beyond my imagination…and beauty, the beauty of Jesus in person! It is unimaginable and glorious and stunning and awesome in an almost scary way!


These all (the patriarchs) died in faith,
not having received the things promised,
but having seen them and greeted them from afar,
and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.

If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out,
they would have had opportunity to return.

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:13-16

 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and
the authority of his Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,
for they loved not their lives even unto death.

Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!

Revelation 12:10-12a