The Long and the Short of Life

What is both long and short at the same time?  I suppose there could be a lot of things but for me right now the answer would definitely be LIFE.  It seems like a very long time ago when I was young, or when my children were born.  But in another way it seems like just yesterday.

I’ve had a very good, very full, very blessed life – thanks to God for that.  Still it seems to have gone rather quickly.  When I was young looking ahead it seemed like it would take forever to get to the age I am now – yet here I am!  I don’t feel as old now as I thought I would.  Still the message is clear: time moves on, life is short, life is temporary.  So enjoy it!  I regret losing too much of life worrying about the future or trying to relive the past.  Sure, I enjoy the memories I have.  Fine memories are a treasure to cherish.  But more important is to enjoy today, right now.  Today is the future I thought would never come, but it has.  And time won’t stop, it will keep moving on.

I enjoy watching my sons and grandchildren as they start out in life, with it all stretching before them.  Soon they will be in my position.  I remember my grandparents talking about these same things when I was a child.  My grandchildren will one day look at their grandchildren and think the same things.  Such is life.

This shouldn’t bring depression or sadness, it should be a reminder to enjoy the present moment, for that is all God gives us.  The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet.

What a marvelous plan of God this thing called ‘time’ is!  We live it one moment at a time – just like we enjoy a meal one bite at a time or a walk one step at a time.  Of course it’s up to us if we enjoy it or not.  We can look at what we don’t have – or what we do have.  I choose to look at all the riches God has given me and thank Him for them.  I choose to enjoy them day by day for as many days as God gives me.  I refuse to get so hung up missing the past or worrying about the future that I miss the wonder and enjoyment about today. (Monday, June 8, 2009)

Eccl 5:18-19   Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him — for this is his lot.

Eccl 9:9-10  Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

1 Peter 1:24-25  For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,  25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

Eccl 3:1-2   There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die,

What about you?  Will you live today to the full?  Will you see it as a wonderful gift from God?  Remember, life is long, but it’s really very short! 


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