Saturday, June 8, 2013

Life's Short

 I have always been a person prone to reflection, sometimes intense reflection. Even when I was a young kid. I was already thinking of my own mortality quite a bit when I was ten years old and I had a pre-midlife crisis when I turned twenty.

Yet here I am again, considering how short life is and wondering how it is that I have so often forgot what is most important in light of how short life is. ONLY certain things last eternally, and everything else will be less then trivial in a relatively short time. 

What on earth could be more important to me than the well-being of my loved ones so that I would neglect them or fritter away my time with them? And what reality for my soul could possibly be more valuable to me than my own relationship with the one who created me and gave my purpose? 

When it comes down to it, GOD and the souls that He has created are the only things around me of eternal value. God is important. My fellow man is important. Everything else is trivial in comparison. 

I will die some day. And most of the things I delighted in will fade away forever. This makes me want to do everything that I can do while I am still on this earth before I can do nothing. 

One day of breathing and living on this earth can be wasted with little thought. But how many would give anything just for one more day of breath to spend with a loved one? 

If I can share Christ with one person, encourage or build up or comfort one person, impart lasting courage and strength to my daughter and wife through something I say or do, or make them feel loved. I want to take advantage of that opportunity. 

May the words of my mouth be profitable and edifying and bringing glory to God and help to His people. 

EVERYONE has their haters. Everyone has their opposition. Everyone has people who create drama. But I don't want to waste any more of my life entertaining their foolishness or letting it dominate my life. To many minutes, hours, days and years of my life have been wasted entertaining ideas, attitudes and intimidations of negative people and forces. I have only so long to be an influence on the people I care about before my life is done and so I have no more time to expend on toxic people and futile worries.