We always have a choice, Kal-El. Your father didn’t have to care for you the way he did. Yet still he made that choice every day he was with you. He chose to be your protector, just as you’ve chosen to be the Earth’s protector. Nobody forced that on you, yet you embraced it. Nobody made that choice for you. We all choose our own fate.
~Brainiac, "Homecoming" episode of Smallville
To live strongly and creatively in the kingdom of the heavens, we need to have firmly fixed in our minds what our future is to be like. We want to live fully in the kingdom now, and for that purpose our future must make sense to us. It must be something we can now plan or make decisions in terms of, with clarity and joyful anticipation. In this way our future can be incorporated into our life now and our life now can be incorporated into our future.