Life is too short to worry about little things | Faith | The Press and Standard

by | August 28, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

We are here today and can be gone in the twinkling of an eye. Then why do so many people walk around as if they have an extra lifetime to get it right with God? The next second, minute, hour, or day is not promised to us; therefore, we should always live each day as if it were our last. That means get over grudges, stop living in the past, take some time for yourselves, spend some quality time with family and friends, do something special for your fellow man, and seek a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Too many times we put off for tomorrow the things that we ought to do today. That concept is clearly explained in James 4:13-15 (ASV) and so is the brevity of life: “Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.”
Walking around holding a grudge is a lot of wasted energy because there are so many other far more meaningful things that you can be doing with your time, such as helping somebody in need. Whomever you are holding that grudge against has probably gone on with his life and has not thought another second about whatever it was that happened between the two of you.
Again, life is too short… Living in the past does nothing for the present except to keep you from moving on with your life.
According to Lamentations 3:20-23 (ESV), “My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Don’t let your past hinder you from seeing and experiencing what new blessings God sends your way each day.
Spending quality time with family and friends is very important. When they have gone, it is too late to say, “I wish I had…” There are people out there who need us every day. Christ wants us to help others, so make a commitment to do that because one day, as Christians, we will have to give an account for what we have and have not done.
What is your relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Have you evaluated it lately? If you were to leave this world today, would you hear, “…Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord,” (Matthew 25:23 KJV) or will you hear, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23 KJV).
Life is too short to let the beauty of it continue to pass you by. What are you going to do? Will you move forward, or will you remain at a standstill?
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!

(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at abrightcolumn@lowcountry.com)

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