Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14
It seems this time of year life moves at break-neck speed. There are parties to attend, performances to catch, people to cherish. Meanwhile there is still laundry to do, jobs to complete, doctor appointments to keep and groceries to buy.
If we lose our perspective, these things can begin to weigh us down until we lose the joy and true meaning of Christmas. James tells us to guard our hearts against this mentality and to remember a simple truth.
Our lives are but a mist, a vapor that vanishes like the morning fog. I learned this first hand last year. Task lists lost their importance, to do items carried little significance in light of time.
Daily, we find ourselves planning and listing all the items that fill our heads. But the truth of this verse is truth for everyone. We do not know what will happen tomorrow. What does our life consist of, really? We get up, we breathe in and we breathe out. We go about our days planning the next but barely recognizing the one we have been given. This shouldn't be. We miss so much when we fail to see the blessing in every given moment.
I am looking toward so many things this season. We have Choir concerts and concert band performances. There is the Christmas concert to attend at St. Brigid. But I'm working today, in the middle of the hectic chaos to find moments to remember to breathe and to be thankful for the blessing of today!
My life is but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I want my heart to be joyful and glad, not only at this time of year, but every day that I'm given. Today is a gift. Don't forget to say "thank you."
Only By His Grace,