"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).

As a homeschooling parent of young children, I couldn't imagine teaching my children through high school. My days were only focused on reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. Thinking about teaching college-prep courses was mind boggling. When talking with my husband about our children's future, the business manager in him said, "Why don't we start where we want our children to be educationally, spiritually, and emotionally in 12 years and work backwards from there."

"What do you mean?" I asked confused.

"If you wanted to make a cake, how would you go about it?" he asked. "You'd think of all the ingredients you'd need, how much time it would take to mix it together, and then you'd organize everything to bake it. Well, if we want to successfully teach our children everything they need to go to college someday, then we should start at that point and work backwards. Let's find out what subjects they will need to successfully complete and incorporate them into their studies over the next several years."

As Christians, we should also remember our final heavenly goal and work backwards as we live on Earth. With the Bible to guide us, we will find courses to successfully complete until the Lord's return. Living like Christ requires learning the fruit of the Spirit, so we can minister to the lost and hurting people God has placed in our lives. In fact, God has already prepared the good works He has planned for us to do. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Are you walking with the Lord in light of His return? This Earth is not your home, and someday soon, Christ will come back for those who love Him and bring us home to the place He has prepared for us (John 14:2-3). Are you prepared to meet Him and hear, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21)?

Father, time is short, and I know this life has only enough moments for me to accomplish Your will. Show me how to live each day for You and share Your love with those around me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.