A Mist


It is said that life is like a vapor, or a mist, fading away fast. How are you investing your time?

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

When I was in college, I competed in the pole vault and my dad came to all my meets to tape my jumps so I could watch film. Recently I found a VHS tape that had my entire senior season on it (it’s been a few years since college). I popped it into my VCR and let the memories come flooding back. The good meets, the not so good meets, the jumps where bars were cleared by feet and the ugly jumps were all relived.  When the tape ended, when my last meet was completed, I sat back and was struck by an unsettling feeling. I watched my entire senior year in half an hour. Half an hour is all it took to watch what I had centered my life around for so long.

Maybe if I had been a heptathlete or maybe if I had pursued basketball, I would have had more film to watch. But even then, the tape would end. Eventually, everything in my life will end, including my life on earth.

Years ago I heard this saying: “There are two things that will last: God’s Word and man’s souls.” There are few things I regret in my life. One of them is that I didn’t spend more of my college years investing in these two things that will last. Instead, I invested so much of my time on something I could watch in half an hour.

Lord, I am saddened for time lost, but hopeful for the time now that you have given me. Let me take advantage of however much time I have left on this earth to invest in Your Word and man’s souls. Use me Lord, to share Your love with those around me. Keep my eyes and ears attentive to what you are calling me to do each day.

Where are you investing your time?

Look at the things that fill your schedule. What are things that you could erase from your schedule? Of the things you can’t, how can you make sure you’re investing your time in things that will last?

Outreach Challenge:
Leave a thank you note for your mailman, newspaper carrier, etc. Someone who does a seemingly menial job and they probably wouldn’t be noticed until they stopped doing their job.

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