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Life is Short

It's been almost 2 years now since my father-in-law died. He struggled with illness for a few years as we watched his health decline. Over the 25 years that I knew him he always treated me like a son.  I could tell endless stories about the man as I reminisce.  I recently watched a bunch of home videos that reminded me of what my father-in-law, Vince, used to be like. He was always the life of the party, with his big boyish smile as he laughed and joked around.  Vince was a kind and gentle man.  I find myself thinking about him every day.  I miss him.

I've been doing my best at helping my mother-in-law take care of things around her house as she goes on through life without her helpmate.  Yesterday, I spent a few hours taking care of some plumbing problems.  Over the years, Vince and I fixed and worked on many things down in his basement.  Last night, as I worked alone in the basement, many memories of days gone by flooded my thoughts.  It was almost like watching a video recording as I replayed conversations from the past.  These memories mean so much more to me now than when they really happened.

The last time I saw Vince I told him that I loved him.  I'm pretty sure this was the only time I ever said that to him. I don't know why in our lives we so often wait until the end to say these words.  

The older I get the more I realize how short life really is.  We need to make the most of every moment that we've been blessed with.  Spend time with your family and loved ones.  Make sure to say, "I love you." Show your love by your actions.  Our lives go by so fast.  None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  James 4:14 says, "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." Psalms 103:15-16, "As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more."    

Our lives are very brief on this earth.  Be wise with the time you have been given.  Here are just a few thoughts from God's word on how to use your time.  Don't waste your time with worry.  Luke 12:25, "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"

We all live busy lives and work many hours, but remember to put God first.  Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

I read something once that said: "Don't tell me what you love.  Tell me where you spend your time and I'll tell you what you love."  Matthew 6: 19-21, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

       Life is short.

       What do you love?

       Where is your treasure?


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