Wednesday, August 31, 2016

a breath

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.

Remind me that my days are numbered, & that my life is fleeing away.

My life is no longer than the width of my hand.

An entire lifetime is just a moment to You:

human existence is but a breath.

We are merely moving shadows,

& all our busy rushing ends in nothing.

We heap up wealth for someone else to spend.

And so, Lord,where do I put my hope?

My only hope is in You.

Psalm 39:4-7

I look around our world these days & see so many people, within our country & outside our country, who act as if they are going to live forever.

Some of them give me the feeling that they are pretty omnipotent.

I've lived too long & seen too much.

Life is short – we blink our eyes & it's coming to an end.

What would I do differently if I could? Oh my... many things...

I would take more risks - & I have been seen by many as a risk taken in many ways, especially as a music minister.

I wouldn't sweat the small stuff – I worried about what a friend of mine in Fitzgerald, GA would have called, “small potatoes”.

I don't know if I'd tolerate some things in my workplace.

I met a guy at Hannah & Lance's wedding – a friend of Lance's who works for The Cheesecake Factory.

I ask him if it was a good place to work.

He said it was for him.

I told him that I've come to believe that life's too short to work in a place that abuses you or where the mix of employee / management personalities is toxic.

I wouldn't wait until I was 52 ½ years old to start reading the Bible every day without fail (you knew I was gonna say it eventually ;-) LOL)

I have wished so many times in the last couple of years, as I have watched events unfold in our world, that the people who lead us & influence us could grasp the concept that “our lives are but a breath”.

Maybe things would be in as big a mess if they grasped it a little more.

But I don't think they will.

I continue to believe there's more afoot these days than what we are able to see.

And the longer I watch things, the more I realize the truth of verse 7...

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.”

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