“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” ~James 4:14b (NKJV)
As I was driving to work this week, I thought to myself, “There has to be more to life than this!” I wasn’t referring specifically to work, but to daily life in general. The thought remained with me for several days this week.
As I prayed throughout the week, God reminded me that life is about the routine, often mundane, moments and what we choose to do with them.
I am 49 years-old. That means I have lived on this earth approximately 18,000 days. I can count on one hand the number of truly memorable days in my life. Graduation, my wedding day, the day I found out I was pregnant with my son, Eric, and the day he was born. If I include a few nice vacations over the years, those days still only account for a minuscule portion of my life.
We spend more time singing in the shower or the car than we do attending concerts. More hours are spent watching other people’s adventures on TV then are spent taking exotic vacations. For most of us, life is filled with working, cooking, cleaning, and caring for our families.
Remembering this is of such profound importance if we are to live a happy, fulfilling life while on this earth. Constantly thinking that there has to be more to life than what we are living is a slippery slope that leads to a life of disappointment and sadness.
The Bible tells us that life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to enjoy every moment that God gives me!
Personally, I have wasted away many days that God has blessed me with by wishing them away. On Monday, I wish it were Friday. In January, I wish it were July. At 8am, I wish it were 5pm. Often, while longing for some mysterious magical formula for happiness, I have missed the incredible life that God has given me.
Daily life can become pretty monotonous. It’s easy to get to a place where we are just going through the motions, rather than really living and enjoying life.
I challenge you this week to truly live the life that God has given you.
Be thankful for the job you have, even if it’s not the job of your dreams. Really listen when your children are telling you about their day. Accept that invitation for coffee even if you don’t feel like going out.
Every moment may not be memorable, but if we make the most of each moment, at the end of the day, we can look back and see just how beautifully it all blended together to create a pretty terrific day.