Recently, I wished a young friend “happy
birthday” and asked him how it felt to be a year older. His playful
response? “Well, I guess it’s better than the alternative!”
laughed together, but I later stopped to think—is it really? Don’t
misunderstand me. I’m happy to live as long as the Lord allows me to
live and to watch my kids and grandkids grow and experience life. I’m
not excited about the inevitability of death. But as a believer, the
alternative to getting older is heaven—and that’s not bad!
Corinthians 5, Paul talks about the reality of living with the aches
and pains of our physical bodies, our “tents” of flesh. But we should
not live in despair about aging. In fact, the apostle calls us to just
the opposite. He wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to
be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (v.8).
Confident! Pleased! Why? Because our alternative to earthly life is
that we will be present with the Lord—forever! The heavenly perspective
of what awaits us can give us confidence for living now.
know Christ, His promise can give you what the hymnwriter called,
“Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” What a great
alternative! — Bill Crowder
He’s gone “to prepare a place for you,”
That where He is, “there you may be.”
Our death is not the end of life—
We’ll be with Christ eternally! —Hess
Death is gain because it means heaven, holiness, and Him!