Life is Short

I recently listened to Keith Moore’s series on “Numbering our Days”. I can’t encourage you enough to listen to it. You can download the messages here. It’s the best content I’ve heard on the subject.

Having lost my mom and my mother in law at a young age, I’ve had a heightened sense of awareness around the brevity of life. Up to this point in my life, here is what I’ve learned about making the most of our short time here on earth:

1.) Become Aware of How Short Life Is

James 4:14 says, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” I know sometimes it seems like we’re going to live forever, but we’re not. When you realize that, you start to live differently. That’s why Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Only when you realize that you’re not going to be here forever, will you start to live your life on purpose.

-Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.-

2.) Value the Time, Opportunities, and People in your Lives at this Time 

Psalm 90:12 teaches us to number our days, but something God’s been dealing with me about is to not only number our days, but to number the days of our seasons. We need to realize that:

  • You’re not going to be in the job you’re in forever
  • You’re not going to work with the people you’re working with forever
  • Your kids are not going to be the age they are now forever
  • Our parents and grandparents won’t always be around

It’s easy to take the time, opportunities, and people in our lives for granted. Don’t! Before you know it, this season will be over and if you took it for granted and did not value it, you will regret it. When you value what you have, you treat it differently. Start treating your job, your family, and your life like it won’t be here forever, because it won’t!

3.) Make the Most of Your Life 

Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

I’ve discovered that you make best use of your life when you use it for the purpose and plan that God has for you.

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Mae West once said, “You only get to live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” How true. If you want to make the most of your life, discover what God has planned for you and pursue it with everything you’ve got.

4.) Stop Wasting Time 

When you realize how short life is, a lot of things become wastes of time. Keith Moore said that one time he was complaining to God about how busy he was. He said that God spoke this to his heart, “Keith, if you don’t have plenty of time to do what I called you to do, you’re wasting time.”

The best of us waste hours of our lives and don’t even know it. I encourage you to make a list of everything you do with your time and everything your pursuing with your time. Evaluate it. Realizing how short life is, ask yourself if those things are really the best use of your life.  Henry Cloud says, “Look at your calendar and see if it reflects the life you want to have. How you spend your time is your life.”

5.) Realize that God’s Clock is Different than Our Clock 

This is my only caution when it comes to recognizing life is short. If you are in a season of life where you are developing or repairing your life, do not rush those season. 2 Peter 3:8 says, But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

You may be a young leader and want to be where God ultimately wants you now. However, it may take you 20 years to develop into that. In our time, that seems long, but to God, it seems like an hour! Be willing to sacrifice the time it takes to develop.

I would say the same thing for those in repairing from any situation in life that has held you back from pursuing the plan God has for you. Give God the time He needs to help free you and heal you so that you can use the rest of your life to follow His plan for your life. It may take you a year or two, which seems like a long time, but in God’s eyes, it’s only a few minutes!

6.)Recognize that God can Redeem Your “Wasted” Time 

You may be reading this with regret thinking that you’ve wasted years and years and years of your life. I want to encourage you to realize that regardless of how you’ve spent yesterday, God can redeem your time and cause the rest of your life to be the best and most fruitful days of your life.

In Isaiah 38:1-5, after finding out he was going to die, Hezekiah prayed to God, “O Lord, I ask you from my heart to remember now how I have walked with You in truth and with a whole heart. I have done what is good in Your eyes.” As a result, God heard his prayer and added 15 years to his life.

God can do anything! If you’re following God and you’ll use your time and your life for His purposes, He can add years to your life and he can make the rest of your life the most fruitful years of your life. Ask God to redeem your time. Ask Him to help you make the best use of the years you have left.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “Although you cannot go back and have a brand new start my friend, anyone can start from now, and have a brand new end.” 

Life is short. Follow God.

[shareable]Life is short. Follow God. [/shareable]

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