Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away… ~ Job
I just recently had my backyard seeded for summer grass. The reason was simple — my winter grass withered.
As the world mourns the loss of one of its greatest, modern icons, I am soberly reminded of the brevity of life. Death is no respecter of persons. No amount of success, fame, money, or insurance will free us from the inevitable.
Now aside from the opinion of some naive teens, fifty-seven is pretty young to the rest of us. So how can we learn and benefit from this unexpected loss?
The end of this life is coming…WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THAT?
Also, you know the end of this life is coming, but you have no idea when or how…WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY IN LIGHT OF THAT DAY?
The Psalmist says about man: Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return. (Psalm 78:39)
My days are like a lengthened shadow, and I wither away like grass. (Psalm 102:11)
Brevity and frailty are overwhelming themes here. They can drench us in a cold deluge. It could be easy to just throw our hands up and apathetically surrender. “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die!”
However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ presents a different narrative, a contrary perspective. Instead of brevity and frailty quenching the fire in our bones, they can be the most compelling instruments to light us up as we pour it all out on the altar.
It’s a matter of perspective…rain or flame?
Living with the end in mind drastically affects our choices. There’s something about the hour glass emptying that gives us true perspective.
This is the mindset behind “bucket” lists. If you knew you would be translated into eternity next month, what would you do? Would you still work the same job (or at all!)? Would you seek to restore what has been broken and lost? Would you finally stop being a hoarder? Maybe get your estate in order?
Who would you become?!
All of your “tomorrow” plans would quickly invade your todays! Don’t wait for the invasion of death to start living!?
God calls all times “soon,” but we continuously defer what can be done today to an unknown, presumed future. The Bible tells us that we do not know what life will be like tomorrow; we are just vanishing vapors, shifting shadows. (Job 8:9; James 4:14)
We may be shadows, but we don’t need to pursue them. Because we will fade, let us embrace things that will remain. Evanescent reality begets eternal resourcefulness.
People who live with fire under their feet carry a purpose in their hearts. May your mortality mediate and motivate your mission.
“Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.” ~ Psalm 39:4
Why??? Because…there is hardly a step between me and death.” ~ King David
Remember Prince…Relish the King.