Are you a past, present, or future-oriented thinker? Whether good or bad, the past is just that, the past. It is gone, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you are a present thinker, you might relish the moment, and there is nothing wrong with that. People that are not present can miss the moment, especially one that can potentially create pleasant memories. However, if it is an aggravating or excruciatingly painful moment, your thoughts may go back into the past or toward the future.
Nonetheless, the mind centered on having a future with Christ matters the most. Imagine yourself raised with Christ, seated with Him in the heavenly realms, surrounded by angels, praising and worshipping God all day and all night. Think about “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). Imagine not ever experiencing death, mourning, crying, or pain again. These are the lovely, honest, and pure things that should occupy your mind. Make all imaginations and thoughts obedient to Christ’s will for your life!