By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
8256. Also a person's character is determined by the kind of charitable life he leads, not by the kind of religious life he pursues apart from that life. A person's charitable life therefore remains with him forever, but his religious life does so only insofar as it is in tune with his charitable life. The truth that a person's charitable life remains with him forever is also clear from the Lord's words in Matthew,
The Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father together with His angels, and at that time He will repay everyone according to his deeds. Matthew 16:27.
And in John,
... they will come forth - those who have done good deeds, into the resurrection of life, but those who have done evil ones into the resurrection of judgement. John 5:29.
The same truth is also clear from His words in Matthew 25:31-end.
(References: Matthew 25:31-46)