“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose…a time to gain, and a time to lose” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 NKJV).
A police officer pulled over a distinguished-looking woman, the story goes, and asked why she had exceed the posted speed limit. The old gentlemen sitting in the passenger seat laughed and said, “Well, young man, we were speeding to get to the place before we forget where we are going!” Many people forget that they are going somewhere — either Heaven or Hell. And many have forgotten, just as importantly, that there are those who are following them on the same journey. As long as we are breathing we are leading the way.
Heaven is a time to gain, while Hell is a time of loss. If you throw in Heaven on this earth, you will also gain Earth. But if you throw in Earth without Heaven you will find yourself the loser, and you would have lost the most anyone can lose for eternity. There is a season, and when that season is over we either have gained or we have lost. Many people are ill-prepared for the realities of retirement and the realities of eternity.