Consider the brevity of life

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “O Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath, his days are like a fleeting shadow.” Psalm 144:3-4 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Consider the brevity of life”
There are many things about Facebook that I dislike. It’s often misused by people in wrong or unhelpful ways. But there is some good to it as well. For one thing, it helps people who otherwise would not be in touch with each other to have an ongoing relationship that is often real-time and even visual (with pictures posted).
For instance, Facebook allows me to be in contact with people in my hometown with whom I grew up but haven’t seen in fifty years; as well as old military buddies; and people from churches I served in decades ago; and old team members from around the country who have been on international mission teams with me; and relatives who live in other parts of the country; and so many more.
One thing this contact with people from my past has impressed upon me is the brevity of life. For instance, I’m amazed at how many of my old friends from my childhood and teenage years have already died – some in their forties, fifties, and early sixties. Likewise, old Navy buddies from decades ago – so many have died young.
The brevity of life is a subject the Bible refers to frequently. Just a quick search of “The Topical Bible” listed forty-eight scriptural references from both the Old and New Testaments. If God returns to a subject that often in His written Word, He must be trying to tell us something. He must be calling our attention to the brevity of this life.
He is, and the reason He does is so He can then call our attention to eternity. Life is short, eternity isn’t. Eternity is where we spend forever and therefore where we spend it matters. Sadly, many people are concerned primarily with trying to get the most out of this life (which is so short and passes so quickly), and they spend little or no time preparing for eternity. How foolish! Death is certain, and eternity is a long, long time. We have to get this right.
Our theme this month is about savoring our time. It implies an unhurried, deep, and thoughtful focus on the things that truly matter. Like your eternal destiny, it matters. It merits some time to consider it. I encourage you to join us this Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church as we consider life after death and eternal destinies. Join us in-person at 10:00 if you can, or online for the live-steam on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page, or later for the recorded version at  
Life is short. Eternity isn’t. I encourage you to consider the brevity of your life.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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