Thursday, August 15, 2013

A musing about life

I am glad to be alive and well.  That is what I am going to muse about today, being alive.  I could have died today at a young age.  I cannot imagine living such a short life on a planet like this.  I am not even 40 yet and I feel like I have a lot to accomplish.  I wonder who has wasted their lives more, someone who has lived many years and never dreamed or accomplished a thing or one who has all of the potential in the world due to the fact that they had their whole lives ahead of them.  Yet, and certainly yet, they wasted it.  They thought that they were invincible because of their youth but didn't take whatever time they had to say goodbye to their family or friends.  But that could happen at any age and at any stage.

To me a wasted life is a life without Christ.  How can a person live their entire lives not knowing that Jesus is their Savior because they have not received Him?  That is more of a wasted life than an old person who has accomplished little or a youth who died in the prime of his or her life.  Maybe wasted is something that is too strong a word in either case.  Dying young for Christ is not a waste, nor is living for Him 60 years.  But even a believer can waste their lives worrying, complaining, being unforgiving, and never really maturing.

Even I don't realize is that "life is but a vapor".  The vapor is here today and gone in a flash.  It is no more.  It is like a blink. It is quick, yet has its purpose.  That is an analogy that is not really made about life.  The tragic end is that a person can blink and miss an opportunity therefore letting that opportunity pass them by.  They end feeling like a fool and being a fool for having missed that chance.  That is what life is like without Jesus Christ.  One who has died without Christ has wasted their lives for life is precious.

It is a shame that there are many in the Church who do nothing about it because maybe it is not their concern.  Or it could be that they are not mature or struggling with sin.  It could be any number of reasons that one does not share the gospel or rather preach the gospel.  We are called to not waste time and our lives but instead be active for Christ.  Reach out to others.  Pray for others.  Show love to others, and to one another.  While believers don't waste their lives because they are the redeemed, many do waste their time not doing whatever God has called them to do.  God takes life seriously.  So should the rest of us.

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