For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
While I was getting ready for work one morning last week, I thought about the changes I believe will soon take place in my life and in the lives of those around me. Specifically, I considered how the team of people I currently work with, will not always remain the same. I immediately felt a sense of urgency to work on purpose that day – to remind myself that my job is my mission field; that I should never again pass up the opportunity to pray on the spot with some of my coworkers; and to be a worthy representation of Christ in the way that I work toward excellence, as well as the words that I selectively speak and the conversations I choose not to be a part of.
Then, came my birthday. While it was another great day that my amazing husband and loving family and friends made all about me, it was another necessary reminder that while I may be getting wiser and cuter (#nojudgement), I’m not getting any younger. The reality of the brevity of life moved to the forefront of my thoughts, and like James, I began to ponder “What is [my] life?” and conceded that “…life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (James 4:14).
So, just as Moses prayed and asked that the Lord would “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12), my prayer has since been to realize that every remaining moment, let alone every day, should be spent with intention. Therefore, I challenge each of us to to live circumspectly, starting today. May we live, knowing that there is a possibility that a season in our lives could change immediately; that a friend could move away soon; or that a change in job and your career path could happen tomorrow. Ask yourself whether or not you are living each day as if it might be your last.
Reality check: Life is short. Eternity is not. So, let’s live accordingly. Let’s live for what matters.
Lord, remind [us] how brief [our] time on earth will be. Remind [us] that [our] days are numbered— how fleeting [our lives are]. You have made [our lives] no longer than the width of [our] hand. [Our] entire lifetime is just a moment to You; at best, each of us is but a breath. (Psalm 39:4-6) Help us to live under Your Lordship, in addition to Your salvation; help us to take advantage of the moments You give us to live a life for Your Kingdom. Amen.