Time on earth always short

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14

Last week I did something I never did before. Ever. It is also something I hope to never do again in my lifetime. It is something I will never forget as it made an indelible mark on my life. It is something I hope no one has to experience.

Last week, Mark and I attended two funerals in one day. The first one was for a young man, only 24 years old. He was in the prime of his life with so much to look forward to in the future. The second funeral that afternoon was for a 78 year old woman who lived a long and full life on this earth.
Both of these people left their marks on the people who loved them so much. Both of them will be greatly missed.

One of them was in the prime of life and thought he had many more years on this earth. The other one had experienced declining health for some time and was anticipating that her time on this earth was limited.

Today, Mark and I attended yet another funeral. This funeral was for an 87-year-old woman. Although she was born in Tucumcari and lived most of her life here, she spent the last years of her life far away. She didn’t want to leave Tucumcari, but after she had a stroke she moved to be with her family.

The one thing all three of these people had in common was they all faced death. An old saying states that death is no respecter of persons. Death doesn’t care how young or how old a person is at the time. When death comes, we won’t have an opportunity to defer it until later or a more convenient occasion.

When someone dies, there may be unanswered questions. As in the case of the young man, we might wonder why God would take a young man who had his entire life ahead of him. He was an active young man in the prime of life. He was loved by his family and friends and respected by his co-workers. When he left work on that last day, he didn’t have a clue that he wouldn’t return on Monday.

God was merciful to this young man. His sudden death was a shock to everyone, but he was blessed by the fact that he didn’t have to lay in a hospital a long time and suffer.
God was also merciful to the two older women. While they had their share of suffering during their latter years, the Lord gave them the strength to endure until the end came. They were an inspiration to all who knew them.

Young or old, death brings with it a sense of loss. We will never see these people again here on this earth, but their memory remains with us forever. It is like every person we meet in the course of our daily lives, as they will affect us in one way or another.

At the funeral this morning, we were able to laugh as stories of this dear lady and her family was shared. It was a time of celebrating her life and was uplifting to all in attendance. In the past several days, Mark and I reminisced about the other two people as well. We were able to laugh as we recalled stories of events in their lives and the effect they had on our lives.

Unless Jesus comes back in our lifetime, all of us will eventually face death. We may not know when or where, but it will come. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die…”

James told us in the verse at the beginning, life is like a vapor. Whether we are 24 years old or 87 years old, our time on this earth is very short in relation to eternity. While we are here on this earth, we need to be mindful of how we live our life.

The first thing we need to be sure of is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you ever asked Him into your heart to be Lord and Savior of your life?

Life is too short to put off this decision. Make sure today that you have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is the most important thing you will ever do in your life.