"The saints contemplated, sought, and hastened toward these things, and so at last they attained them. Their striving was rewarded by admission to the heavenly bridal chamber. Because they labored they now exult. Because they were not negligent they now rejoice. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Anastasius of Sinai, patriarch of Antioch, (AD ~599), Sermon: PG 89, 1192-1193
Not to say such beatitude doesn't give me pause about professionally riveting my eyes to this earth as a journalist.