One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis:
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
A quick scan of the Pauline epistles will show us that Paul was consumed with eternity and eternity's values. A challenge to us -- have we become so consumed with this life that we are missing the mindset of the spiritual realm? Has our Christianity become anemic because our thoughts and affections are on this world? Do we structure our family around the temporal things of life or around the eternal promises of the next?