You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
A group of businesspeople meet at my office every week for fellowship,
study, and prayer. One man attended our group for several years. Jim
was well liked and in good health. One Thursday he showed up as usual.
The next morning I received a call, “Jim is dead! He died in his easy
chair last night!” Jim had no prior problems and there was no
indication he was about to go be with the Lord. Naturally, it came as
a shock to us all.
Whenever things like this happen close to home, it brings us face to
face with our mortality. A friend of mine said he was challenged by
someone to do an experiment. He challenged him to live his life for
one year as if it were the last year he would live. He responded to
the challenge and did as proposed. It changed his life forever. He
began to focus on different priorities and people when he viewed life
in these terms.
James gives us a perspective on viewing tomorrow.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that
city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 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. Instead, you
ought to say, “If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or
that” (James 4:13-15).
Life is fragile. Consider where you are investing your time and
energies. Someone once said they had never heard anyone on his
deathbed say that he wished he had made more money in his lifetime or
he wished he had made a certain deal. Usually it is something like, “I
wish I had spent more time with my kids.”Ask the Lord to give you His
priorities for your life.