What is your life?

th“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  James 4:14

Today’s date, February 17, always reminds me of this verse.  It was my brother’s birthday.  He’s now been in eternity for 6 years.  The night before he died, I thought of him.  I really needed to give him a call, but I thought, “I’ll do it later…maybe this weekend…when I have more time.”

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.”  How many times I wish I’d made that call.  But I can’t turn back the hands of time.  No one can.  We cannot undo the choices we make or don’t make.  No minute, once it’s gone, can be repeated.  We have one opportunity for each day to make what we do with our time count for eternity.

Too many times I’m busy.  We’re all busy…TOO busy.  We miss those opportunities.  Those moments of ministry because of whatever excuse (though valid in our minds) we had.  Whether it was that we’re tired, it’s too late, the house isn’t clean, or we don’t know them that well…I’m learning to see that if God brings it to my mind or someone in my path, I just need to do it.  We need to stop…and take moment to minister.   To call.  To care.  Because even if the moment isn’t right in our eyes, it may be the only moment they have.

“For what is your life?  It is even  a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  I can’t help but think what my brother would’ve done differently had he known that his life was almost over.  I’m sure he’d change a few things.  Serve God with ALL his heart.  Live as a BOLD witness.  But then I think, what about me?  Our time on earth is short, and our God is so great.  In all our busyness—in all our service—what are we doing to make each moment matter for the cause of Christ?

We don’t know tomorrow.  Our life WILL vanish.  So serve without restraint.  Boldly share His goodness.  Live without regrets.

“I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.”—Jim Elliot


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