Recently I made a day trip to Columbus to attend a workshop for school (people who think that teachers don’t work in the summer are wrong). As I was driving home enjoying the quiet of the car I noticed a GIANT billboard that read, “If you died today, do you know where you would end up?” Less than a mile later was another GIANT billboard that read, “Hell is for real.” I thought about these obnoxious signs most of the way home and for several days since. Now, before I go any further, let me say that yes, I do believe that hell is real and that it is serious, etc. That debate is not my purpose here. What I think really made me think about this was that it’s a shame that fear of what will happen “next” is the only motivator for some. I do believe that God will judge us all in the end and that some will make it to Heaven and that some will end up in Hell. But the threat of one or the promise of the other should not be the ONLY reason for the way we live our lives. We have been given such a beautiful example of how to live this life with love and meaning from Jesus. We get the opportunity to share His love and good news with others while here on Earth. I count that as such a blessing. Do I want to go to Heaven – yes…and someday I hope I will – but in the meantime, I want to make the most of my time here, not just “following rules” or attempting to “earn my trip”…but by seeing people through Jesus’ eyes, loving them with a heart like His and cherishing all the beauty of His world. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I think it’s a shame that some of us miss the journey because we are only worried only about the destination.