Monday, February 11, 2008

The Brevity of Life

You ever been so engaged with something at work that the day seems to fly by? Life seems so fast doesn’t it? I’ve been out of high school for 6 years! I still remember my first day of high school like it was yesterday. My little sister is 19, in college, and talking about marriage, kids, and other adult issues, I’ve been in Indianapolis for 2 years almost… These events seem to be a big surprise because they all just snuck up on me. Everything happened so fast and now I find myself looking back in amazement and ask myself, “where did the time go?” I think this is the question we ask ourselves often, but never resolve do we?
I keep up with national/international and local news daily. Reading the headlines and then the stories drive me wild, they hurt, they bring about real emotions.

After storming the meeting and killing five people Thursday night, Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton was fatally shot by law enforcers. "You don't really think it's going to hit you until you realize it's on top of you, then it's too late," he said. "You think in a small town, a small Christian school, you send your children there to kind of protect them from things like this," Sammons said. "But you just never know when or where things are going to happen." The sudden blast that rattled the city late Thursday engulfed the refinery in flames, and shook even those trained to face disaster with stoic resolve. Key words or phrases here would be storming the meeting…, then it’s too late…, you never know when…, the sudden blast… Tim flies, life moves quickly, we are but a vapor in the air. Dragon flies on average only live for a day max. Your typical fly can only live for a couple hours. You can probably expect that because every time one enters the room everyone has their shoes off swinging away. Living in Florida for 22 years of my life I know I have been the source of many mosquitoes’ deaths and a reason why they only live a couple hours. So as I read these news stories about these sudden catastrophes and think about how precious life is I also realize it is brief. I am no genius either, this is no new revelation, James had this idea down packed. 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 (James 4:14, NIV). This brevity of life often times catches us not ready because we do not think about it as brief at all. Life being brief leads me to want to do things I normally wouldn’t do. This movie Bucket List is doing well in the box offices because we all have this fascination with the idea that if we were told there is a certain amount of time we had left to live (obviously brief in this movie) what would we do. We would live like we had no time. Isn’t this how we should live anyways? James continues to talk about there not being any guarantees for tomorrow. With this in mind, live like today is your last. Love, forgive, give, be kind, extend grace, show compassion, know God… So may you live like you are a dragon fly with only a day to expect, for we can expect nothing and see everything as a gift, use this day to do something great, to know God, to love others.

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