Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Picture the most beautiful place you've ever been. Think of the happiest moment of your life. Think of the place that gives you the most peace.
All of these are wonderful gifts from God, and yet each and every one is surpassed by the glory and greatness of Heaven.
These wonderful moments we have on earth are snapshots -- they are momentary glimpses into what heaven will be like. They are signposts along the way, indicating the joy and peace and happiness and contentment we will ultimately find in God. None is a perfect copy, but each is a reflection of the attributes of heaven.
So let us give thanks for these moments of beauty here on earth, and may we find them even more precious by trusting that God has even better moments in store.