I was a teen when I first heard it, that C.S. Lewis quote our pastor mentioned one Sunday morning in northwest New Mexico—that aiming at heaven would get you earth thrown in, but aiming at earth would get you neither. I wrote it in my journal, the little notebook covered with dark blue fabric printed with red apples, now packed in a box somewhere in our garage.
The letter closed by challenging readers, as Alcorn does, to think not thirty years ahead, as financial planners encourage, but of how what we do today will pan out thirty millionyears from now…and in heaven, when we receive our “final giving receipt” from the Lord.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ~II Corinthians 4:16-18