What is life? How would you describe it? Can it be defined? In the short little book of James, the author defines it in a shocking way. He says, “Life is but a vapor. It’s here for a moment and then it’s gone.” This is not the only place the Bible describes life in such shocking terms. The Apostle Peter said, “All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls away.” Those two passages serve as sobering reminders for us.
The words of these two Apostles serve as a much needed daily reminder that most of the things that rob us of our energy, time, and finances won’t matter very much in the end. The things that keep so many people awake at night suffering from anxiety induced insomnia are all temporary.
Our lives are vapor.
You and I are as grass. All of our accomplishments which might seem so important in the eyes of mankind in this age, like a flower they will wilt away.
It doesn’t matter how careful we are about what we eat and it doesn’t matter how much we exercise, eventually the mortal and corruptible bodies we currently wear will grow old and begin to have serious issues. Ultimately those issues will lead to us to sickness and death. There is no avoiding it. Check out the statistics on death for yourself. They are startling! One hundred out of every one hundred people die.
Think about the thousands upon thousands of diplomas proudly displayed in offices around the globe. We spend a fortune in student loans paying for that diploma and a tenth of our lifetime working for it in the hope that it might help us land a better paying job. But have you ever thought about where that diploma is going to eventually end up?
One day your diploma, along with your framed employee of the decade certificate are going to find their way into a cardboard box in someone’s garage or attic. Eventually your children or grandchildren are going to have a yard sale to free up some space for extra storage. Your precious and oh so cherished diploma and plaque will find their way into the ninety-nine cent box sitting on a card table at the end of the driveway.
The neighbor from across the street will wander over to pick through the loot. When she sees the framed diploma and employee of the decade certificate she is going to get extremely excited. When she excitedly lifts them out of the box one of your grandchildren will trot over to see if she needs assistance. They will haggle over the price for a minute or two before she walks away with a smile on her face carrying the two prizes she purchased for a total of fifty cents!
As soon as she gets home she will tear the employee of the decade certificate out of it’s frame followed immediately by your cherished diploma. She will then run to her computer to print out a picture of her dog and one of her cat, put them in the frames and hang them on her bathroom wall.
“All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls away.”
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