Preparing Ourselves with a Purpose Driven Life
by John Tan
I really really thought that after death, there is no more. I thought that this world is our real home. Before, I was so afraid to die because my family, friends, home, happiness, and everything I love is here. I thought life is just all about living on Earth with people you love. But i was wrong.
After I began reading the book, A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, I realized that living in this world is just a preparation for the next. As the Bible says, “This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.” Because of what I had read, there are three things that come to mind. I must do these three things before the final judgment.
The first one is “to love” because in heaven we don’t have enemies. Next is “to announce,” which is the real purpose of life because I wouldn’t want to go to heaven all by myself. I also want my family, friends and everybody to be there after the final judgment. The last one is “to accept.” Accept whom? Of course God and his only begotten son, Jesus. He is our creator and our leader in heaven.
I value life because we cannot rehearse nor prepare ourselves before entering the kingdom of God if there is no life. All of us should use our life with a purpose. It’s not bad to commit mistakes or sin because we are not perfect, but we should not drown ourselves in doing bad things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Tan is a student at the American Institute for English Proficiency (Quezon City branch).