Life Is But A Breath

Pslam 39:5

You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. “Selah”

I like the commercial slogan “Life is short, play hard.”  I also like the Christian t-shirt slogan “Life is short, pray hard.”  Very clever.

The point is clear.  We are but mere mortals walking this Earth.  Death is coming.  God has been here from the beginning and will be here through eternity.  Looking at things through that perspective should give us a fair idea of how to prioritize things in life.

Maybe your job has got you stressed or your career isn’t going like you wish it would.  The Pslamist responds to that:

Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

Even if you “win” the game of capitalism you can’t keep it when you go.  Even if your intentions are noble (like providing for your family) you can’t even be sure that the people you want to benefit from your wealth will in fact be able to.  However, if you invest your time and love into those people, that can never be taken away.

Here are some other brief thoughts on the brevity of life.

  • Are you going to Heaven?
  • Are you sure?  Make sure you research this before a bus hits you, which could be any day at any time.
  • Have you told the people you love exactly how much you love them?
  • God’s perspective is on things eternal, yours should be as well.
  • Every day is a gift.  Treat it like one.
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