A similar quote from The Purpose Driven Life has always lingered in the back of my mind: Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production.
There is more to life than we can see right now. Life on earth is challenging, we lose people that we love, we make mistakes and may question our purpose, but this is just the warm up. What we do with our life on earth is important, but it’s not all there is. Life isn’t meant to be easy – it’s filled with challenges and problems, but their purpose is to strengthen our character and prepare us for when we join God in Heaven. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). When life doesn’t make sense, knowing God’s purpose and plan for our lives is what does make sense – each problem helps us to grow. Life is the practice, the warm up – don’t let what is temporary distract you from what is eternal.
What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Game Plan: When you come across problems in life, remember that they are only temporary and cannot be compared to what God has waiting for you. Take advantage of every “practice” that God offers you as you learn to be more and more dependent on Him.
Quote source: Paul Henderson