This morning I was reading in James 4 and was reminded of this important truth.
James 4:14 “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.”
It’s true. We are but a “mist”. In other words, life is short. We’re here and then we’re gone. I could see how, at first glance, this verse might be a bit depressing. But for me it’s motivating.
I couldn’t agree with Pete more. I think about some of the people in my life who have been incredibly life changing to me. I wrote about my dad here, and I spoke about him here. My dad had an enormous impact on my life. I am who I am today because of the way that he loved Jesus and the way that he loved me. I think about some of the people in my life who have been in and out of it only for a few short years. Friends like Chris, & Bob who have mentored me and helped shape my life. There are so many others.
It is easy to think about all of the people who have had an eternal impact on your life. What may be a bit more difficult to think about is what kind of a mist are you becoming? Or what I mean is, who are you becoming, and how are you impacting the lives of others? Do you have someone in your life who you are building into, encouraging, and loving on? If not, you should find someone. Do it fast, because as James says, our lives are like a mist, here and then gone.
Let’s make the most of the time that we have!