The other is a Baptist pastor who is still living and still questioning God about why this is happening to him.
I contrast this type of thinking to Paul’s thinking when he wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” That verse is not a command but a reflection of Paul’s view of his present as compared to his eternal life. As you read Philippians 1:22-25, his view becomes clear. “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
Look at the verbiage that Paul uses to reveal his thoughts between remaining and departing. He views departing for heaven as his desire but remaining here on earth as necessary.
That’s opposite of how most of us view this struggle. Perhaps it’s time to get a new Heavenly perspective.
God bless you! Have a great week! Participate in church this weekend! Remember, no matter the circumstances, joy!
Tommy Pophin is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Millsap.