I couldn’t say there was something out of the ordinary that day, it was simply business as usual. I aimlessly flipped through the seemingly endless radio channels in the hopes of finding a distraction but to no avail. I stayed on one particular channel just long enough to hear a few seconds of an interview with Joel Osteen where the only thing I got to hear was “nothing you could ever do can screw up your destiny.” Back then it was the classic goes into one ear and comes out the other, but recently I’ve often been reminded of those words.
It’s normal for people to wonder what will become of them. Being barely 20 years old I haven’t lived long enough to tell you if that’s something that fades away as you age or not, but I can tell you that nobody can pass by the classic where do I go from here? The vast majority of us probably think of destiny as either your highest/biggest accomplishment in life or what you’ve been going through the longest. That probably also explains why so many of us have the false belief that we are doomed.
What I came to take away from Joel’s few words on the radio that day is that in the context of Christianity, destiny is ultimately heaven, and not our earthly perception of the finish line or the culmination of our accomplishments. When we look at things through the lens of eternity Jesus died so we could gain entry into heaven, all our earthly blessings are just the many cherries on top. During my years of correspondence with people from all walks of life both in the free world and behind bars you could say I’ve heard it all — life sentence, death sentence, broken relationships, families torn apart, scandals, shame, and then some. Some people become so down on themselves that they take their own lives.
You don’t have to look very far through the earthly lens to find pain, suffering, hopelessness, brokenness and depression. But the important thing to remember here is that it doesn’t end there! There is so much more beyond that through our Lord Jesus Christ. You may or may not have missed the last bus to the life you’ve always envied, but our ticket to heaven — our final destination and destiny — never expires!
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” —Revelation 21:3-4
To those who feel as if they’ve reached the end of the road or don’t have their ticket yet, what are you waiting for? This one’s on the house!