Saturday, November 26, 2011

Life is Short...

I'm old enough to know that life is short; in fact, it can be very short. Recent events have highlighted this fact even more to me. With the recent deaths of two very young people who are friends of my friends, I have been made all too aware of this fact.

So how do you let this fact change or affect you? It seems like it can change the way you view things you previously thought were "problems" and worries in your life. These things do not seem so very serious and important now. It also makes you that much more aware of the many blessings in your life. These are all things that we know... it's just that sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind of living that we lose track of it somewhere and need a reminder.

As if I needed any more of a reminder, I opened the Bible in the midst of all these events and this is what I saw: "Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”" - James 4:13-15 (NIV).

So not only can your views on problems and blessings in your life change, but your views on how you are living your life can also be transformed. I ask myself if I'm living how I would want to have lived if I died tomorrow? If I'm appreciating every moment I'm given on this earth and making the most of all of them? If I'm showing Christ's love to every person I come in contact with? What are my priorities and are they really in the right order? I don't know about you, but I can certainly make changes and improvements in all of these areas.

I am continuing to send up my prayers for the friends and family of the two young people who recently passed away. I hope that you will join me.

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