Growing up we didn’t have much concept of time. And when we became aware it seemed like it took forever for Christmas or our next birthday to arrive. But, the older we got, our perception of time also sped up. And we realized more and more how much our life is truly like a vapor – here for just a moment before it’s gone.
Generally speaking, time is on our side during the first half of life. There’s plenty of time to make mistakes, recover, and figure things out as we go along.
But as we approach the second half of life we start to realize how much the luxury of time is no longer something we can take for granted. Time is limited and we no longer have the same opportunities we once did.
But coming to terms with this brevity of life is not something that always waits on aging years. We don’t have to look far to see how often death comes for the young as well.
Whether it’s from illnesses, tragic accidents, or the like, we’re reminded everyday that tomorrow is not promised. Many who were here today, assuming they still had plenty of time left, don’t live to see the next sunrise.
This is not to be a point of despair. But rather it’s a sober reminder to make the most of each day, and also to keep our life in proper perspective.
Are we redeeming the time that we do have? Or, are we wasting it in selfish and shallow pursuits?
And, while we’re called to serve our generation well, we must also remember we’re part of the ongoing circle of life. God is telling a story much larger than our brief time on center stage.
However brief, you have this one life to live. Live to the full and honor the one who has given you your next breath.
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