Life is Short

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Life is short!
Psalm 103:15-16
The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

We are told that from the time we are very young and we start telling others the same thing sometime after we ourselves turn 30.
Let us make a comparison about life and its length (since everyone knows life here on earth does not last forever).
Let’s say Life starts at one bracket and ends at the other like this:
(………………………………………………………………)
No one knows how many points you get between brackets.
No one can add more points by worrying about it (although they may take some off that way).
You may not even get to the last point in your life before you take your next breath.
What have you done with your life?
Have you made the most of each moment in your life?
If your life ended right NOW! Would you be satisfied that you had lived your life the best way you could?
To make the most or to get the most out of your life, for the greatest impact of your life upon others, you must prioritize.
You must decide not to seek to climb the corporate lader just to reach the top.
You must not seek to acquire wealth just to have more than your neighbor.
What you do with what you have is more important than having it in the first place.
Life is not given to us to spend doing something we hate, day in and day out.
If you plan your life around doing what is pleasing to God, your life will inspire everyone around you to do the same.
The fruits of the Spirit will flow from you into the lives of those around you (love, joy, peace, kindness).
Everyone has circumstances in their lives.
What you do while in your circumstances is what matters.
Complaining while in your circumstances helps no one.
Praying for God to help you is a start (he let you get into your circumstances for his purpose).
Planning how to change your circumstances will help you get out of them sooner.
Once you are out of your circumstances, remember to thank God for his part.
Those who do not believe in God have no hope for eternal life. To them being remembered for something they did is the closest they get.

There is hope for more in this life as well as in the next for those who believe in God.
Psalm 103:17-18
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

From eternity past to eternity to come, God loves those who repent and believe. God’s love towards us has no beginning and no end. Our lives matter to him.
Indeed!
It is the brevity of life that that forces us to face the fact that without God there is no real hope.
God is eternal and if we desire to escape the second (Spiritual) death we know we need God.
In the book of I Samuel 20 David acknowledged that there was but a step between his life and death.
Conclusion:
Trusting the Lord with all your strength and understanding is the beginning of eternal life.
Teaching your children (and everyone else in and outside your family) to love the Lord is important.
Worldly pursuits are not as important as sharing your love for God with your friends and family members.
If you are not careful you may reach the top of the ladder your climbing and find out it is leaning against the wrong building.
A life well planned is one spent sharing love with your friends and family.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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