SOLID THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR LIVES
By Frances Loftiss Carroll
“Come now, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit - Yet do you not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” ESV James 4:13-17
We take so much of our lives for granted. For instance –
What are your plans for this day?
Where are you planning to go?
Who are you going to see?
What are you going to buy?
What are you going to have for lunch or dinner?
We are often so busy with our daily lives that we forget how limited our lives are. None of us know the appointed time that the Lord has set for us to live here on earth. These Scripture verses in James bring into focus something important to remember – our life here is brief, we are like a mist, here one moment and gone the next.
I was noticing this very truth this morning when my air freshener sprayed a tiny mist in my living room this morning. Every 18 minutes, without fail, it sprays a fresh aroma into the room so that I can enjoy a clean, sweet aroma in that room. I wonder what would happen if every 18 minutes we could leave an aroma of Christ into the room we are in what a difference it would make where we walk. We are God’s children, Christian friend, and how we live (the aroma we live) makes an impact on people we know. We are here for a brief time, and then we are gone, let’s leave behind good and pleasant memories of our walk with Christ each day. Let’s be encouragers of one another not people who tear down and destroy others. Let what you leave behind leave a pleasant, godly aroma, and live to please Christ in all you say and do.