Life is short... so live life well!

I often think about the fact that my days - and our days as finite human beings - are limited here on earth. I don't know how many days I've got. You don't know how many you have either. The only one who does know is our creator God who has ordained each of the days that we will have on this earth (Psalm 139:16).

Psalm 144:4 (ESV) reminds us that we are simply sojourners; temporary residents or passing shadows on this place called earth:

"Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow."

Whilst our mortality can be a sobering thought as we realise that we won't always be living here on earth with our loved ones, we have great hope because of our salvation through Jesus Christ. This world is not all that there is... eternity in heaven awaits for all whose faith is in Jesus! (Acts 16:31).

Whilst I praise God daily for my salvation and eagerly anticipate the day when I will meet face-to-face with Jesus, I am convinced that we need to make the most of this life that we have now. We need to be careful to not be focussed so much on future glory that we neglect the responsibilities that God has called us to right now.

Are you married? Don't neglect to invest in your relationship - set aside time to honour God and love your spouse passionately as God would want you to. Do you have children? Don't allow the things that our world says are important (financial security, job progression, wealth accumulation etc) to take precedence over time with your children - be generous with the time you set aside to play games with them and enjoy them as God would want you to.

Irrespective of what tasks and responsibilities 'consume your days' make the decision this year to make the most of each and every opportunity. We don't know how many days God has ordained for us to live on this earth... He is the only one who does.

So let's live our lives well by loving God and loving others passionately... that is what God would want for each of us to do in however many days He has given us!


Ps Joel Hawting

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