You might say that Luke Pittard relished his job at McDonal’s in Cardiff, Wales. But he walked away from it after winning the UK National Lottery. After all, he was an overnight millionaire.
Luke celebrated his good fortune by marrying his girlfriend, Emma, also a McDonald’s employee. They bought a house and took a long holiday in the Canary Islands. But after returning to Wales, Luke was bored. “To be honest,” he said, “there’s only so much relaxing you can do. I’m … young, and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm.”
Luke asked for his old job back, and now you can find him flipping hamburgers again at McDonald’s. He makes more money from the interest on his winnings than at the restaurant, but he feels a natural need to work and to be with friends and coworkers. “They all think I’m a bit mad but I tell them there’s more to life than money,” he says.
Emma added, “I can totally understand it. We both really enjoyed working at McDonald’s and still have good friends there. So it was very familiar for him and something for him to look forward to.”
We all need a break now and then, but we don’t need an endless holiday. Instead, what we need is meaningful work, close friends, and something to look forward to. Those facts will never change, not in this life and not in heaven!
When you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you’re wealthier than the winner of the richest lottery. Remember — much of our treasure is ahead of us in heaven. But many people are afraid they’ll be bored there. It’s remarkable how many people — even Christians — harbour mixed feelings along these lines. They ask: “What if I get to heaven and I’m bored? After all, there’s only so much relaxing I can do. What if I miss my friends? What if I long for the kind of activity that enriched my life on earth?”
Don’t worry, God is not boring!
Heaven won’t bore you; it will bring fulfillment and celebration! All your dreaming, praying, focusing, risk-taking, and investing — all your growth and maturing that you went through on earth, all your forward momentum — is a prelude to greater service, happier work, and richer fulfillment in your heavenly home. God’s children are always moving forward, even as they depart earth.
We need to be looking forward to our new home in heaven. The apostle Peter said something important about this. Notice the words in italics, for they reveal the attitude we should have about heaven:
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”
Three times Peter told us to look forward, to anticipate what God has for us in the future: the return of Christ, the creation of the new heaven and the new earth, and our eternal home in heaven. Our anticipation empowers us to live holy, godly, and purposeful lives in this present age.
Just a thought!