The great American literary writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "This time, like every time, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it."
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…"
The Psalmist says, "So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely." I love the way the Message translation puts it, "Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!" In his later years evangelist Billy Graham stated, "The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life."
Like me, you may not have acknowledged the brevity of life until someone you know, maybe someone very close to you, has had a brush with death or has passed away. The recent death of my good friend, Pastor B.G. Nevitt has definitely been one of those moments He was such a young man. His life taken in a tragic motorcycle accident. It's left many like me asking the age-old question, "Why?"
Another pastor friend of mine tried to summarize the news of B.G.'s death this way, "It's a little bit of a wake-up call to all of us, that it can happen to any one of us, and life is brief. Just like the scripture says, 'In an instant, everything can change.'"
While we are not here for long, we are here for a reason, for a purpose. What are you doing with your time here? Luke wrote in book of Acts, "For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers..." There is a grand design -- a strategic plan.
If we can just approach life with the view that every day is a gift from God rather than a right, then the length of our days won't be as big an issue. All life is a gift from God… and when a loved one dies, at whatever age, we need not ask "Why?" Rather, we should say, "Thank you God, for the gift of life; for the gift of time this person shared with us. Yesterday is the past. Tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift.
"God so love the world that He gave..." Christ's life on earth was tragically cut short but there was a divine purpose to His life. His life was a gift -- a gift to all of us.
Think on this: Live today for God as though you have no claim on tomorrow.