Lessons from Death

Death seems to surround me…the passing of Jill a fellow missionary…the public grieving of a news team over the loss of their beloved anchor…an email containing word of yet another elderly saint who passed away from our sending church…learning the loss of a friend’s son whose funeral arrangements are yet to be made. I am able to grieve with some, yet others are an ocean away and words of sympathy replace a heart-felt embrace.

Death reminds me of life…my life.
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
–James 4:14 NASB
My life among those of the world is but a vapor to God…a puff of smoke.

Any thought of self-proclaimed importance should be mortified in the light of this knowledge.

I don’t know what my life will be like tomorrow. How can I make the most of my life today?
Here are some of my thoughts:
-Acknowledge the Lord in all things. From the moment your feet hit the bedroom floor in the morning till your head rests on the pillow at night be about HIS business. Spend time with Him in the bible and prayer. Praise Him. Thank Him. Proclaim Him to others.
-Savor every relationship. Love your spouse wholeheartedly. Hug your children just because. Mend friendships. Spend time with loved ones.
My last conversation with Jill was hurried. She asked me how my week had been. As I was gathering my things, I gave her a short response and headed out the door with my mind on other things. I wish I would have slowed down to sit with her and chat for I would never have that opportunity again.
Wherever you are, be all there.
Jim Elliot, Missionary martyred in Ecuador

How are you living your vapor?


2 thoughts on “Lessons from Death”

  1. I am sorry for all of the losses in your life. Thanks for the reminder to really live in today.


  2. Dear Debbie
    The Lord has been pressing that words of Jim Elliot on my mind very much lately! Yours only confirms this truth! Even when we think we are doing important Kingdom work and we neglect our relationship, we are doing wrong. I love the way Pauls describes a widows good works as loving her husband and bringing up her children well! Visiting from Soli Deo Gloria.
    Much love.

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