Years ago, I was having a conversation with a donor who always had nuggets of wisdom to share with me. That particular day, she shared with me the story of a woman she knew who had tragically lost three of her five children in a fire. Yet, in the face of devastation, she had an incredible response.

In the aftermath, whenever someone would ask how many children she had, she would say, “I have five children. Three are living and two are here on earth.” Only through this tragedy could she fully grasp the reality that Heaven is the “real life” we are all searching for.

Our persecuted brothers and sisters understand this concept well, knowing that worldly treasures and comforts don’t compare to the gift of eternity that lies ahead. Let’s continue pressing onward in faith to the prize that God has called us toward.