James 4:14b, “. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Each day, week and year I am finding that time moves faster and faster. I was reflecting back on my life a little bit yesterday, and just could not believe where time had gone. In my reflections I thought; I have been married 16 years now, we have three children, been at our current church for 7 years total, my parents are retired, I have no hair, and kids look at me as old. Wow! Where has time gone?
In my mind, I think I can still do all the stuff I used to do. I can ride a bike, skateboard down the street, play football with friends and so on. Whether or not I can actually still do all of those things or not I don’t know, but I THINK I can. Then there’s the other question. How can my kids think I’m old? I’m only 39 years old. Did I think my parents were old at 39? If so, why couldn’t I see I was wrong, and why can’t my kids see the truth. I’m not old either.
However, though I refuse to act older and feel old, I am getting older each and every day. Time is moving at the speed of light!
James was addressing the issue of time with the listeners around him. He was telling them don’t boast about tomorrow, because we are not guaranteed a tomorrow. In fact, if we read just another verse or two in James chapter 4 he says that we should have the mindset to say, “If the Lord wills, we will do this or that” but ONLY “if the Lord wills”. In other words, we do know how much time we have on this earth so time is important.
As we get ready this week for our sermon series on Home Improvement, this issue of time really made me think about a few quick things.
First, realize what you have TODAY. Last night, Rachel, me and our children sat around the coffee table and played the game of life. We are trying to work harder on making sure we spend as much time with our kids as possible because TIME IS FLYING BY. So, we must realize that we have our children with us still and I want to live life to the fullest with them while they are still in our house.
Second, understand that tomorrow is not guaranteed. The Lord could come back tomorrow, or ( I’m sorry to sound so brutal ) your heart could stop beating tonight. If the Lord wills, we will be here tomorrow and have another day, but you and I must realize it is not guaranteed. So, realizing that tomorrow is no guarantee for us, we must use today wisely. Make sure your relationship is right with Christ. Make sure you have done everything you can do to make mends with people whom you need to make mends with. There are all sorts of things that come to mind. Examine yourself, and take care of business.
And third, don’t forget to have real clean fun. Life is GOOD when you have Jesus in your heart. Sure, it’s not always easy. In fact, sometimes it does get messy. Even, in the hardest times, if a person has Jesus, life is GOOD. Christians can have the most fun on earth. Our God is not a cosmic-killjoy, but a loving, majestic, awesome God who loves His children and is always rooting for their victory through Christ. Don’t get bogged down in the pressures of this life and forget to have fun. Enjoy life, because the Son has set you free to live a wholesome, authentic, clean and joyful life in Jesus, and that is FUN!
In thinking about how time flies so quickly, you can see in the above picture our family took a little time out from life, to play the game of Life. It’s not about the game so much, but more about enjoying the blessings our Father in Heaven gave to us – our children. Enjoy life, because it’s here today, and gone tomorrow.