"For what is your life? It is even a vapor
that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."
I was watching the news yesterday, and they were talking about the situation currently in Afghanistan. They were discussing the dangers that are all around our American soldiers each and every day. They have to be constantly alert, because the enemy seems to be lurking around every unexpected corner. Every day our brave men and women go out on a mission knowing that there is the possibility that they could lose their lives. We here at home hear the reports of those who have been killed, and it breaks our hearts. Yet, we cannot begin to understand the intensity of the anxiety of that soldier. He understands the brevity of life more than any of us.
However, the truth is that none of us are promised tomorrow. We have no idea what is around the next corner for our lives. You do not have to be in a war zone to know how fragile life really is. The Bible describes all of our lives as a vapor. Just as steam ascends off a pot of boiling water and dissipates in the air, so our lives dissipate into days, weeks, months, and years. So what do w do about it? First, make sure that you are ready for the day when death comes to your door. By being ready, I obviously am speaking of having a relationship with Christ. There are those that teach many things about what happens when we die, but the Word of God is truth and teaches that man will spend eternity with God or be separated from Him eternally. Make sure that you know Christ as the Savior and Lord of your life. Second, since life is short, give every day your best for the glory of God. Moses asked the Lord in Psalm 90 to teach him to recognize the importance of each day so that he could live it wisely. I believe that God wants us to live our lives fully and richly. Take pleasure in those that God has given you. Do not waste a moment with the frivolous cares of this world. Use what God has blessed you with to bless others. Serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Make every day count so that when you lay your head on your pillow each night you have no regrets and you know that He is pleased.
One last comment, I am thankful for the soldiers that I mentioned above. They are the true unsung heroes. In a world that celebrates celebrities for doing nothing, we need to thank God for our service men and women and let them know how much we appreciate them today. Many of us were excited that our national soccer team won in the World Cup yesterday. However, I believe that most of us had rather see our victorious soldiers come home from this war than see our team return with a World Cup trophy. Pray for our country, its leaders, and our military today.
May we live life today to its fullest for the glory of Almighty God!