Life moves by quickly.
You think you have all the time in the world but before you know it another month has passed…then another year…then another decade. Kids grow up, and wrinkles show up. What once seemed so far away is now your reality. I can’t imagine anyone coming to the end of their life saying that it moved by too slowly or lasted too long. Many of us will feel as though we lived the adventure and yet somehow missed it.
A few months ago I was scrolling through FaceBook and came across a video of a woman talking about her life. She has lived far more years than most, and as she sat with her children and grandchildren, welcoming in the new year, she shared a story.
In her younger years, she used to walk past a saying on the wall at the home of her in-laws. It didn’t mean very much to her at the time because time was stretched out before her, like the long, lingering days of summer…ready to be lived.
Only one life ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Now that saying means everything. Most of her years are in the rearview mirror. And while the pen will soon run out of ink, she was grateful to know that the words that she has written with her life will endure because Jesus has been the foundation. His word is eternal and our life’s words are meant to be too.
Your life speaks. What is it saying?
Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about our one and only life. We are swept up in the busyness of family and the fury of activity. We rarely prioritize thoughtful reflection on the gift of our lives and whether the words we are writing with the way we live will last. How are we spending the precious commodity of time? Who are we loving well? What were we meant to create? Are we doing what really matters? What will remain? I think it’s a worthy endeavor to sit with God and these questions. Not so we can be depressed or fearful but so that His power would be displayed now…in a mighty way.
The apostle Paul wrote something that I’ve been thinking about every morning. He said that he wants to know Jesus and the power of the resurrection. He wants to become more deeply and intimately acquainted…perceiving, understanding and recognizing Him more strongly and clearly, and in the same way to know the power outflowing from His resurrection, which is exerted in and through his life. (Phil 3 AMP)
I pray that for us today. I pray that we would really KNOW Jesus…that we would understand the wonders of who HE is, and that somehow, in the same way, we will recognize and perceive the power of His resurrection which bears its power in our lives. Then we will know and do what really matters. We will believe, live and lead radically different!
Life is short. It passes quickly.
Only one life.
A life that is, on the one hand, fleeting yet can endure and remain.
The poem quoted Only One Life, ‘Twil Soon Be Past was written by Charles Thomas Studd who was a British Missionary.
Click HERE if you’d like to watch the video of Esther sharing her thoughts about her life and the meaning of this quote.