When “one of these days…” may not come around

Dear Ministry Partner,

We are usually confronted with the realisation of the brevity of life when a friend or loved one passes on unexpectedly or is found to be terminally ill. Those situations jolt us back to the reality that death is inevitable.

In Psalm 39:4-6 (NLT), David prayed:

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.”

We live on borrowed time. The psalmist describes our time on earth as fleeting, and the difference between life on earth and life in eternity is just a breath away! The brevity of life ought to motivate us to live purposefully for God.

As we get caught up with life?s demands, we may end up neglecting what is truly important — God, key relationships, and meaningful activities we have always wanted to but never engage in. We commonly use the phrase, “One of these days, I am going to…”, assuring ourselves that time is on our side. In reality, “one of these days” may not come around.

Moses prayed in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” We cannot redeem time that has passed, but we can certainly make the most of today and tomorrow.

Start acting on your “one of these days” to-do list:

  • Join a bible study or cell group
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Tell your spouse or child how much you love them
  • Catch up with an old friend over a meal
  • Go on a date with your spouse or child
  • Resolve a gnawing conflict with a family member
  • Volunteer with a nursing home or orphanage
  • Check off items on your bucket list

Life is short. Live Well. Live Intentionally.

Lam Kok Hiang
Country Leader

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