LIFE IS BRIEF
As human beings, our life spans on this earth are brief compared to all of time. The scripture puts it this way:
Psalm 144:4 (CSB)
A human is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.
SOME LIVES SEEM TOO BRIEF
Some people live to be 100, but that is probably rare. When a child’s life ends it is hard to accept or understand. My own father was a few months younger than I am right now when he died. His time on this earth was brief.
I wish I had spent more time learning about his life and our ancestors.
He never got to meet all his grandchildren or any of his great grandchildren. My dad loved life and he loved his family. I love his smile. Whenever I had a problem he was always ready to help. His kindness was known by many. He is greatly missed.
Because some lives seem cut short, does that mean we should worry about how long we have? It’s sobering to think that our brief lives could end at any time. We often go through our days as if we have all the time in the world. Maybe we should think about how we live, but worrying won’t help at all.
Luke 12:25 (CSB)
Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying?
We don’t know our own lifespan, but God does. He also knows the number of hairs on our heads.
God knows us well and loves us, too. Maybe, instead of worrying, we can think about the good we can do right where we are. We can look for the beautiful gifts God gives to us each day of our lives.
HOW TO LIVE WHILE DYING
Some people do get a diagnosis that tells them they don’t have much time to live. My friend, Andrew, is dying of cancer, yet he never fails to encourage and inspire with the wisdom and vulnerability he shares through his blog.
He writes even when in pain and never fails to encourage and bless those who read.
Andrew’s words always bless me. He certainly lives out the following scripture on a daily basis.
Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living,but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.
This is Day 24 of the Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes. The word prompt is brief.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.