Today was just a weird day for me. Three people I know lost a family member within the last day. I don’t know the people who died, but I know the families mourning the loss. My heart goes out to them.
I didn’t ask for it, and neither did my friends. Death (or the thought of it) just came. There is a joke that the two constant things in life are death and taxes. Joking aside, when we really stop and think of death, we are reminded that our days here on earth are short. The wisest man to ever live (King Solomon) talks about the meaning of life in the book of Ecclesiastes.
He says in Ecclesiastes 7:2: “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”
Yet Ecclesiastes also says in 8:15 “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.”
So what do we learn from this? We learn that God desires for us to make the most of each day given to us, and to celebrate the life he has given us!
I am sure that you are like me in that I spend so much of my life chasing meaningless things. We are consumed with status, with how we look, with pleasure, with money, etc. Instead, let’s focus more of our energy on how we can invest ourselves in what really matters.
Philippians 3:7-8 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…”
So today, I challenge you to take a moment to connect with God. For some of you, that may mean getting outdoors in God’s creation, for others it means hiding and reading God’s word. You may connect best with God when you journal, and others of you may need to have a gut honest conversation with a brother or sister in Christ.
So what are you waiting for?