“Think Long Term” — this is an advice I often hear from my close friends, mostly ‘successful’ people.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I have been working for a year and a half already as a Construction, Field, and Maintenance Engineer. I have been enjoying my work already, and at this point, the question ‘what’s next’ always pops up through a friend, a relative, or a co-worker.
To be honest, I am the person who has no definite and concrete plan when thinking about a future event or when talking about my plans in the next few years. And this has caused concern to people who care for me. Many people have told me to make ‘long term’ plans in my life because I have not made one yet. There seems to be an invisible guideline in our society of where do you see yourself 3, 5, or 10 years from now. It seems that success and climbing up the social ladder should always be considered.
One day, a friend asked me, “Where do you see yourself 200 years from now?”. Then it dawned on me that the long term plans of 10-40 years are short term plans in the grand scheme of things. And with that reflection, I decided to plan ahead by working for the future and to work for heaven.
At present, I am striving to live my life prudently by doing things with care and thought for the future, for my family, with great focus on the life after by doing my best to not get distracted by temporary things.
When the world offers many seemingly attractive temporary things, when the world offers the many possible lives far from the Lord, all the possible lives that will separate me from Him, this verse echoes in my heart.
“To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68)
At the end of our lives, when no one will remember us, and the things we did-To whom shall we go? To whom shall you go? I hope and I pray, that one day we would be together in heaven. Right now, we live here on earth while thinking about heaven—wishing to be in heaven, but still wanting to live so others may see Jesus. We continue to think of the serenity in heaven, but while we are here, we choose to experience the noise and chaos to see and feel God’s presence.
And so where do I see myself 3,5,10 years from now? I see myself serving the Lord in ways God will inspire me to do so in whatever profession and vocation I may be in.
I am a slave for Christ. Because he loves, and I want to love him back. And in that love, I want to make others feel loved by God and love God back. I am a volunteer because I have fixed my eyes on what is true, good, and beautiful and that is Heaven. But I am also passionate about the life and mission of the community to lead others to start their journey towards Jesus in Heaven.
“To whom shall we go, You have the words of eternal life.”
Grant Etruiste is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions Team.