Recently we were on a beach, and everywhere I looked I saw tracks. Tracks of people, tracks of dogs, tracks of birds and some tracks that I couldn’t tell what made them. It made me curious. As I was puzzling over who made such strange tracks (could it be a lizard?) I also noticed something else. It was usually quite windy at the beach and the tracks didn’t last long. Maybe a day, or maybe longer in a sheltered place. Eventually, over a few days, wind and rain would wipe the tracks out and they would completely disappear.
It made me think of the following verse:
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
Our lives here on earth are so short and much of what we do will disappear so quickly after we die. What can we do to leave a permanent mark – an eternal mark?
Today I am preaching to myself. In the last couple years I have become comfortable and complacent. I go to work, I keep the house, I cook the meals, I haul the kids to their activities or friends’ houses, I watch TV with my husband. I don’t read that much, I don’t serve out of the house much, I don’t pray much, and I don’t worship much. I feel dead, like I am wasting my life.
Verses that I really struggle with obeying/understanding/living are Ephesians 5:15 and 16.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
I would like to see some kind of permanent building or construction going on – not just tracks in the sand. I need to do better about making the most of my time and not wasting it. Do you?