I've mentioned both to you already - the first is Experiencing Peace: With God, You Can Live Beyond Fear, a Women of Faith study by Margaret Feinberg; the second is Crazy Love by Francis Chan, which we have been going through in an adult class I attend at church on Sundays.
One of the main things I have been reminded from both studies is that this world is not our home. However, God does have us here for a purpose for this short time, and we should be so in love with Him that we are motivated to live this life fully abandoned to him, not serving Him our leftovers, but our best; and we shouldn't let fear stop us from doing whatever it is He may call us to do, whether in big or small things.
One of the many, many Scriptures Chan refers to in Crazy Love is Philippians 3:18-21, where Paul says many live on earth as enemies of the cross, with their mind set on earthly things. He goes on to say that we are citizens of Heaven, a phrase I have always loved! (My husband and I even used it once when we needed a band name for a concert back in the day!) Francis Chan says, "A person who is obsessed [as compared to lukewarm] thinks about heaven frequently. Obsessed people orient their lives around eternity; they are not fixed only on what is here in front of them."
In Experiencing Peace, there is a chapter centered on the "Hall of Faith" in Hebrews 11. One thing I love about this passage is looking at the lives of those mentioned as faithful ones. Their lives were often not easy; much of what God called them to do was not glamorous or exciting, but rather challenging work or circumstances.
The thing that amazes me the most is that it is said these people held on to the promises!! They didn't always see the end result of their actions, but they remained faithful out of love and obedience to God with eternity, not the temporary, in mind.
This morning I was rereading what I had journaled a few weeks ago after studying some of the faithful ones mentioned in Hebrews.