We don’t often connect the dots between this life and the next. What is the relationship, after all? Is there a relationship? Most of what I’m reading in Christian and secular circles says that life is short and we should squeeze every ounce of fun, happiness, and experience out of it. The implication is that either this is all there is, or that in the next life we start with a clean slate. But that’s simply not true. We do not start with a clean slate in the next life. Our eternal quality of life is contingent on this life. That means that our decisions and words in this life directly affect our eternal status. Will you be great in heaven, or least? Are you daily investing in eternity so as to earn rewards to enjoy forever, or are you merely living for the temporary earthly rewards that you can see?