As I sit here this morning with my coffee and my bible and my beloved journal I ponder just how short our lives really are. This is not a post about morbidity to depress you. On the contrary, it is about living life fully; using the time we are given to live the life we were gifted with.
I have discovered The 17:18 Series a few months ago. Go ahead. Add it to your list of things to Google. It really is an incredible, and yes simple, way to learn, digest, process the Word of God. You literally transcribe the Bible. As you do, it gives you time to chew on each word that flows from your pen and lands on your paper. This morning I was writing out James 4:8-14. Verse 14 is appropriate for today, my 38th birthday.
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
We are just vapors. And though the days are sometimes long and this life feels at times that we’ve lived several lifetimes, truly we here for just a short time. I’ve been here for 38 years now. I have no idea how much longer I will be here. No one does. Our days are numbered and mortality is 100%. I have no worry about my future, after death, for my assurance is in Jesus. But I do ponder this: Am I living fully NOW? Am I living out, in this short little vapor of a time, my passions, my faith? Am I making a tiny little difference in this gigantic universe?
Does my life matter?
And who does it matter to?
As I reflect on 2013, dream about 2014 and celebrate my 38 years here on earth, I invite you to do the same…think about your life as a vapor. What and who do you want to be remembered as with your SHORT time here?
And now on to my favorite moments/photos from 2013.