Most people think only of their lives on earth; all their wishes are concentrated on this earthly life. All their efforts and struggle are for its sake, but as for their eternity, perhaps they never think of it… Your whole life on earth is not worth a twinkle of an eye, if compared with the endless eternity… Your life on earth is just the preparation for such an eternity, the immortal life… Maybe adhering to a worldly honour makes you lose all the respect that the saints receive in the everlasting glory…
Nevertheless, you still adhere to this worldly honour and sacrifice your eternity, as if you do not care!!
Perhaps your adherence to some of the temporary or passing worldly pleasures deprives you of eternal happiness…
Therefore, you have to be convinced of the importance of eternity; put it always in front of your eyes. Everything becomes of small value compared to it. How good is the saying of the apostle, St. Paul, to the Corinthians, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18)
Truly, in this view, the main difference between a wise person and an ignorant person is quite clear.
The ignorant is short sighted; his look does not proceed beyond the visible things. The wise person looks far ahead to even after death… and keeps thinking: What will become of me after I take off this body? Where shall I go? What shall I be?
And you, brother, with what are you busy? Where did you leave your heart? Here or there?
“For where your heart is, there your treasures will be also”… The wise feel they are strangers on earth and do not concentrate their hopes on earth, but “… he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11: 10)
He who gives importance to his eternity is raised above the earth and all earthly things. Nothing in this world attracts him.
The whole world is behind him and not in front of him…
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III