You might (or might not!) have noticed that our posts have been quite inconsistent. Without an inspiration, we tend to just “keep quiet.” But it definitely works better when we follow a theme, so here goes with a new series: Lessons From My Father. This is about things I learned from my earthly father, D. Edward Diener.
My father passed away in October last year when he was approaching ninety-nine years of age. We thank God that we had just spent a week with him in late September at my brother Larry’s home in PA. What a privilege to have those precious memories tucked away in the soul.
In the months after, I have often reflected on good things that my father taught and lived.
Having been the daughter of and/or wife of a preacher all my life, I know that preachers often have a standard standby message that they give over and over. One my father taught a lot was about eternity: quality of life in Christ.
“Eternal life starts now,” he would say. Eternity is not just about living forever, but it is about living well. “Do you want to spend eternity hanging upside-down from your toenails?” he would always ask. I don’t know why he used such a surreal example, but I certainly remember it.
The answer is obvious—of course not! And the point is, eternal life is a good life. It is a life of abundance, a life of being in the glorious presence of the Triune God. We are called to begin living that life now, while still on earth. We are not in some kind of a miserable state, waiting to escape this world in order to get relief in heaven. We are already seated in heavenly places, walking with God in His presence. Let’s enjoy it!
If you have not already, please begin your eternal life of blessings by making Jesus your Lord today.
More “Lfmf” to come. Have a wonderful day!