Life is Short

Nicholas Nieblas

“Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.  You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure."  Psalm 39:4-5

Life is short.  We hear this often enough that it has probably lost its weight and meaning to most of us.  Most will use this phrase to allow for some type of one time wouldn’t-normally-do-this event.  Be it something that might be good and beneficial, like asking out that girl that you’ve been seeing every week for the past month at the Laundromat, or something not so good, like spending a weekend binge drinking.  After all, you only live once.

Yet, I want to encourage you to take this opportunity to look at how short life is and wonder, even if only for a moment, what this short life of yours is being lived for.  After having a conversation the other day, I found myself wondering, “What will people say at my funeral?”

Will they say I was a good father and husband?  That I was unselfish and kind?  That I always went above and beyond for those that needed it?  Yeah, they might say all that.  In fact, they probably will say most of that.  But then again, even if all that is being said, what will they be thinking?  Will their thoughts about me line up with what they are saying about me?  Or will everyone know that I was selfish and mean and unloving?

I certainly hope I have impacted the lives around me in a positive way, but what I think I would appreciate most is if they said and thought and knew that I lived for something much bigger than myself, and because of that I was better, kinder, patient, joyful and concerned for others in a way that I couldn’t have been if I had not followed Christ.

I hope most of all that everyone I come in contact with will see the change in me brought about by God’s unfailing love and unending grace; that they, too, can experience it, and that they would embrace Jesus as their Savior, Leader and Teacher.

At the end of this short life, what do you want to be known for?

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