Heaven Will Work Backwards
The Teacher explains Time:
'Son,' he says, 'ye cannot in your present state understand eternity: when Anodos looked through the door of the Timeless he brought no message back. But ye can get some likeness of it if ye say that both good and evil, when they are full grown, become retrospective. Not only this valley but all their early past will have been Heaven to those who are saved. Not only the twilight in that town, but all their life on Earth too, will then be seen by the damned to have been Hell. That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, "No future bliss can make up for it," not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say "Let me have but this and I'll take the consequences": little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man's past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man's past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say "We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven," and the Lost, "We were always in Hell." And both will speak truly.'
—from The Great Divorce
1949 The Inklings hold their last recorded Thursday night meeting in Lewis's rooms in Magdalen College. The Tuesday morning meetings in the back room at the Eagle and Child ("Bird and Baby") pub continue.
Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out (24:19-20).
It made him so mad sometimes. He worked diligently at his job, doing everything in his power to make sure that each thing was done right. However, the man he worked with could have cared less. If things were substandard it didn't bother him at all. What made it really bad was that the rest of the company respected the work that the pair produced. No one knew that it was all because of him that things were done well. His partner was more than willing to share the glory, but he wouldn't carry his end of the load. It was infuriating to do all the work and then share the credit.
His efforts were not in vain, nor did they go unnoticed. When promotions came around, he was moved to a managerial position, while his former partner stayed right where he was.
Often, it seems like the wrong people get all the glory. We try to do our very best, and we receive no credit at all. It is good to know that our Father in heaven knows everything that is going on, and one day we will be promoted to our heavenly reward. God blesses those of His children who do what they know they should. Those who slack off can hope for nothing more than His wrath, for He will not abide by the person who gives less than their very best.
prayer: I want to do the best in every situation. Help me to find my full potential and to use it in your service. Lead me where I need most to go, and show me how I can be of the most usefulness. Amen.