Thursday, April 3, 2014

James 4:13-15

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. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (NIV)

These verses are so vital to find meaning in our everyday lives. We, as a society, travel through life with selfish goals that we think will bring us ultimate happiness, but the life we've imagined for ourselves are still empty and shallow with that perspective. I often hear the phrase, "Well, do whatever makes you happy," thrown around without any thought. It values a very self centered perception towards life. The people around you might become negatively affected by your actions, but it makes you happy so that's all that matters. Now this is not to say happiness is a bad thing. Only when viewed selfishly is happiness misconstrued. Living by our personal ambitions can also be ruined by future events. We can't control those moments in time where everything comes crashing down, but if we follow the Lord's will for our lives nothing will get in the way of what he has in store for us because everything that happens, good and bad, weaves together to form the life you were destined to live. "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." This line is so beautiful. I think it's just amazing that God inspires these wonderful words.

Sierra Joy

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