Life Lessons in the New Year
We’ve made it into the third week of the New Year, and time continues to fly by. The holiday season is behind us and now we’re trying to settle into the cold days and early darkness that makes up the winter season. 2015 has only just begun, but it has already been a year of life lessons.
A little over a week ago my wife read a post from a friend of ours stating that their family was in need of urgent prayers. A few hours later we would learn that one of my dearest friends had been involved in a plane crash shortly after take-off. Immediately my heart sank as I began to think of his beautiful family and what agony they must be going through with such horrible news. Later on in the evening we read another post that informed us that everything was ok, and that there were no broken bones. What a relief and a time of rejoicing to know that God had protected my friend.
On Thursday of last week I received a call that one of the sweetest members of our church passed away suddenly in the night. As the old saying goes, “you could have knocked me over with a feather”. Just a few days before we’d watched her play the piano during the services. She was smiling and as radiant as ever. She had lived a long life, but she looked like she had many years left, but she did not.
So what life lesson have we learned thus far in 2015? Don’t take life or loved ones for granted. James 4:14 says it best, “what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Only the Lord knows how many days we have left, and we need to make sure that we live each day to the fullest. Many of us need to take time away from the rat race of life and make a phone call or visit to someone we love or haven’t seen in a while. There are only two things in this world that are eternal, God’s Word and people. May God help us to invest in that which is eternal, and if we do we can live a life of no regrets.
Serving the King,