If you are 75 years old, a year is still 1.5% of your life, which seems entirely bearable.
If you are 50 years old, a year is 2% of your life,
so think of 2% milk and how it hardly tastes different from whole milk.
If you are 25 years old, a year is 4% of your life, still a small portion,
but you probably have a lot of years left in your life to get that percentage down.
If you are 10 years old, a year is 10% of your life, which is like a tithe, which you’ll learn about in Sunday School soon if you haven’t already. You’re probably really frustrated, because just as you were old enough to start doing things, suddenly you couldn’t do things. On the brighter side, this bad year is happening now so you can get it over with. Think of it like how you have to do your homework before you go out and play, or how you have to finish your dinner if you want dessert.
If you are 2 years old, a year is half your life, so everything going on probably seems like normal. You don’t have a lot to compare it with, and for your first year you mostly cried and pooped, so this is an improvement, isn’t it?
If you are one year old, a year is your life so far. Trust me, it’s going to get better. In fact, you have an advantage in that this year is happening when you’re not aware of the outside world. Mommy and Daddy love you, that’s all you need to know.
If you’ve been in heaven for a year, then it’s probably been a pretty good year. But it’s still only a sliver of your life.
If you’ve been in heaven for ten years,
you’re starting to see some balance between your earthly life and your heavenly life.
If you’ve been in heaven for a hundred years,
chances are you’ve been in the good place longer than you were in the pretty good place.
Once you’ve been in heaven for a thousand years,
those hundred years on earth are going to start looking pretty small.
After ten thousand years, all of the suffering you endured on earth, as horrible as it might have been,
as never-ending as it might have seemed, will seem only an eye blink.
And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory,
much greater than the trouble. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:17, Good News Bible