Just a Vapor
I like walking around in historic graveyards. (But not for too long — creepy.)
Last fall, we visited Beaufort — which I think is the most beautiful city in SC — for the umpteenth time (one of the many blessings of living in Allendale). We came down for the annual shrimp festival, but got there early to stroll downtown, including an old cemetery.
I noticed the dates on the tombstones, especially the men and women who were born in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Our family talked about what life was like for them.
I thought about how when they came to this country (and for those who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and even the Civil War), they probably weren’t thinking about making history. They were just doing what they felt like was right. They were being faithful to the task at hand. (A thought that stuck in my head when we visited Arlington National Cemetery a couple of weeks ago.)
The truth is that whether you were born in 1750, 1830, 1915, or 1975 — you have a chance to make a difference. Don’t focus on “making history.” Just do what is just, kind, and humble (Micah 6:8). The future will take care of itself.
Our life is brief. Let’s make the most of it.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:13-17)
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