I don’t think anyone who is relatively healthy wakes up any given morning thinking today is my last day on earth? I know I don’t. From an early age, my mother woke me up singing, “This is the day the Lord hath made I will rejoice and be glad in it!” This little gesture that my mom was characterized by seemed insignificant at the time, but at 55 I can tell you it has shaped my life. I usually wake up looking forward to the day and excited for the opportunity ahead.
Today I will travel to a funeral of a dear friend, who in my opinion died way too young at 66. He died very unexpectedly, playing golf on the weekend with friends leaving his wife in the mountains and traveling back to Spartanburg for work and low and behold he dies suddenly. Leaving family and friends in shock! Rob’s death takes me back to January when Brewer’s life was very much in question, wondering if I would ever be able to tell him I loved him again or would I ever see him play golf again or cheer for our Tigers. In my prayers I was saying, “God isn’t he too young to die?” We had just gotten back from seeing our alma mater, Clemson, win the national championship, and little did I know what was right ahead of us. If you stop and think about it none of us know when our last day on earth is gonna be and the older I get I realize life on this earth is a “vapor,” James 4:14 compared to eternity.
Today I encourage anyone to meditate on the following scripture inspired by God written by Jesus’ half brother, James, “Now, listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” the scripture continues at the end of the chapter to say in verse 17 of James 4, “If anyone then knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Living life for today and making the most of today matters but God calls us all to live life today with eternal rewards in mind. Revelation 22:12, “Look I am coming soon! My REWARD is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Today and everyday we should ask ourselves this question, “How am I going to live today in light of the fact that life truly is a “Vapor?” and what good should I do today?