Good Morning! This week, we lost my aunt. She was 77 years old. She was a Christian so I know that she is in a much better place. She is no longer in any pain. She is able to walk around heaven praising God. She is visiting with her parents. She is truly missed already...after only a few days.
This loss has gotten me to thinking about the vapor of this life. The brevity of life is a theme throughout the several books in the Bible. Jesus spoke about it in Luke 12:20 (“20But God said to him, "You fool! Tonight you will die. Then who will get what you have stored up?”). I find it ironic that people spend so much time securing their lives on earth and spend little or no thought about where they will spend eternity. David realized that amassing riches and busily accomplishing worldly tasks would make no difference in eternity. So many people today don't understand that their only hope is in the Lord.
It is good to have goals, but goals will disappoint us if we leave God out of them. There is no point in making plans as though God does not exist, because the future is in His hands. What would you like to be doing ten years from now? One year from now? Tomorrow? How will you react if God steps in and rearranges your plans? (Can I say, "Ouch!" to that one!!!) It's ok to plan ahead, but hold your plans loosely. Put God’s desires at the center of your planning; He will never disappoint you.
Life is short no matter how many years we live. We must not be deceived into thinking that we have lots of time remaining in this life. Whether we think we have all the time in the world to live for Christ, to enjoy our loved ones, or to do what we know we should. We MUST live for God today! Then, no matter when our life ends, we will know that we have fulfilled God’s plan for us.
Life is short. David reminds us that it is “like a breath” and that our “days are like a fleeting shadow.” James says that our lives are “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Because life is short, we should live for God while we have the time. Don’t waste your life by selecting an inferior purpose that has no lasting value. Live for God—He alone can make your life worthwhile, purposeful, and meaningful.
Now, I know this is Thankful Thursday so what does all this have to do with that...not only do we need to understand that our live is but a vapor...but we need to be thankful for the time we do have on this earth! It's ok to make plans. It's ok to have dreams. I've heard it said that we should plan our lives like we'll live forever yet live like we won't see tomorrow. What better advice could we be given. Plan...yet live!
I pray that you will follow that advice...and while you are at it...spend a little extra time with those in your life that mean the most to you. If you do...when they are gone...you won't have regrets!
Be thankful...today and everyday!