Over the course of our lives when something tragic happens, we tend to hear people say, “Life is short.” It is a familiar sentence with which most of us can identify and agree. For a few days after a tragedy, we vow to remember this phrase and live our lives accordingly. But then life “happens,” and we forget all about this short, three word sentence. This is the real tragedy!
In Psalm 144:3-4 we are reminded: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” In essence, we are here on this earth for a very short period of time. Some how, some way, we have to take whatever time, whatever means, to make ourselves really understand the depth of this very short but powerful verse. This can not only be done when we are around a tragedy. To go through life unconsciously is not acceptable. We have to consciously make the decision to live our life for our Lord everyday. This consciousness means being “fully present” with him on a daily basis for the small bit of time we have on this earth.
How can this be done? For goodness’ sake, we are all overworked, overstressed, and spread so thin that we are about to burst! Many demands are put on us by our families, jobs, neighbors, church, and more. We don’t want to disappoint anyone so we try to meet all of these demands to the point of exhaustion, causing us to just get through life. But it is only by taking the time to value and act on Psalm 144 that we can begin to live our life as the Lord wanted us to. We can not waste time on unimportant, valueless things. Rather, we need, on a daily basis, to spend time with the Lord. He is the only one who can give our life the meaning and purpose that the inner core of our soul desires. My hope and suggestion are that you stop today and really ponder the saying “Life is short” in order to truly live a fulfilling life through the Lord.