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The Brevity of Life


Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 KJV). Several years ago I did a funeral for a young man who tragically died on his way home from school as his motorcycle struck a tree. When he awoke that morning I’m sure he had no idea it would be his last day on planet earth. He undoubtedly thought he had the rest of his life in front of him. You never know when it will be your time to go. Even if we live a “full life” (70, 80, 90 years), it goes by so quickly. The book of James says our life is like a vapor that appears for a little while then fades away. So what do we do – sit around and worry about how short our life really is? Do we ponder all the years that have slipped away and regret the time we’ve wasted? A better approach is to follow the advice given by Paul in Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5 – redeem the time you have. In other words, take advantage of the days you’ve been given. Live life to its fullest! I’m not simply talking about doing all the things in life you’ve always wanted to do (i.e. sky diving, visit the Grand Canyon, motorcycle across Mexico). I’m talking about serving the Lord to the full extent possible during your life. Make an impact for Him! Leave your mark on this world. It is difficult to approach our service for the Lord with a great sense of urgency unless we appreciate life’s brevity. David prays in the Psalms, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12 KJV). That’s my prayer for us as believers. Stop waiting for tomorrow and start serving the Lord today.

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