Transformative Thursdays: The Brevity of Life

I am reminded of the time we are assigned on earth and how short it really is.  James 4:14 reminds us that, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  None of us are promised tomorrow.  We are given the precious gift of this moment.  Not only are we afforded such a precious gift, but we are held accountable for what we do with this gift.  This gift can be used to help others, or hurt others.  To pick up or to tear down.  To give or to take away.  To live with joy or die with depression.  To love or to hate.  We are challenged each day to make the most of this precious gift called life.

We are given the task by our Creator God to walk a path that leads us and others to life.  We are held accountable for our actions and choices and will give an account in the final judgement.   So you don’t have to answer to anyone on this earth, but you WILL answer to God one day.  You don’t have to worry about who sees what you do behind closed doors or who you talk about behind closed doors, because He already sees and knows all.

Once again, I am reminded to take an inventory of my life.  What do I want said about me?  What do I want my legacy to be?  Will I leave this earth in a better place than how I found it?  Will I leave something my children, grandchildren and future generations can be proud of?  Will I be known as a giver?  Will I be known as having lived with no regrets?

It’s time for you and me to find the path God has destined for us.  That is the only path in which we will find true fulfillment.  On that path, we will find our rewards.  If we have found that path, we must continue walking in it and not get off course by distractions which come in many different forms.  My dad used to always tell me to “stay the course”.  I’ve learned the “course” changes over time and goes through different seasons, but ultimately, staying the course means staying on the path to your destiny—the place that only you can walk in.

All of us will experience the end of our days on earth.  The only time we have is now.  What are you doing with your “NOW”?  Your “Now” is not concerned about your past nor is it concerned with your future.  It can only be in the “Now”.  So use it wisely and live with no regrets.  Don’t put off what you can and should do today.  Spread love.  Be joyful.  Forgive often.  Take care of your body.  Spend time with family. Live for today!

~Coletta Jones Patterson

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