An Interesting Definition of Hell

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."
–C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

I read a quote recently from an unknown source. It read, “Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you became.” Although the Biblical definition of hell is more substantial and complex than this, the quote nevertheless packs a sobering point. Do we want to come to the end of our lives and find out who we could have become? Do we want to discover that there was so much more we could have given in this lifetime? So much more we could have done? So much potential we could have reached?


The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to be “making the most of every opportunity, for the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16, NIV). Because the days are evil, there’s no telling how much time we have left in this world. Only God knows. But regardless if we have little or much time at our disposal, the call is the same: make the most of every opportunity. Strive towards God-defined purposes (see here). Reach your God-given potential. Embark on a God-ordained mission. In the words of John Piper, “Don’t waste your life!”

No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, if you’re still breathing, there’s still opportunity to make the most of your time here in this world. Just don’t end up in the afterlife wishing you had become more.

Reflect: Take some time to pray and reflect on where you want your life to end up at. Consider all factors especially what God has to say about your purposes in life. Having some vision of the future will hopefully help inspire you to strive towards it.