What Does It Mean to Live for the Line, Not the Dot?

We can think of our lives in terms of a dot and a line, signifying two phases. Our present life on Earth is the dot. It begins. It ends. It’s brief. However, from the dot, a line extends that goes on forever. That line is eternity, which Christians will spend in Heaven. Right now we’re living in the dot. But what are we living for? The shortsighted person lives for the dot. The person with perspective lives for the line.

This Earth as it is now (and our time here) is the dot. Our beloved Bridegroom, the coming wedding, the Great Reunion, and our eternal home in the New Heaven and New Earth—they’re all on the line.

I explain more in this Q&A about what it means to live for the line, and how I saw this at work in my wife Nanci’s life:

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries