L. A. Marzulli
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what isyour life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather.
Psalm 39: 4, 6
I was driving on the 405 Freeway near Westwood, in Los Angeles and there is a cemetery that is near the freeway. Thousands of people are buried there from the wars that our country has fought. I would imagine that many of these people interred here have been forgotten. Who remembers their voices, their hopes and dreams, their struggles?
The point is this, as the scriptures above so succinctly point out, we are but a mist that appears and then vanishes away.
Yet we are told that He knows our every need. That He cares for us and He will present us before his presence with singing and joy. Knowing that our time here is short, what should we focus on? As Francis Schaeffer would posit; How then should we live?
I believe the answer to this question is what Yeshua/Jesus stated when He said: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself. Basically, love is the golden rule. The entire human experience comes down to this one word, love.
A few weeks ago I wrote a Bun about the love chapter in 1st Corinthians, where Paul tells us, Faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.
We walk through this world knowing that we won’t take any of the things we amass with us. All of our possessions will be given away to someone else after we depart from here. The one gift we can give to those around us, that is lasting, that can touch the depths of another’s soul, is love.
It is what we remember, what remains steadfast and unchanging, along with faith, it is the “currency” of the heavenly realm.