James 4:13-15 “13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[a] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Tonight I looked up into the dark sky, and watched as vaporous clouds drifted over a full moon. The clouds were visible, but so thin that they barely dimmed the moon as they passed over it. I wondered if that was how our I lives are – visible but too vaporous to affect anything around us. I thought of my parents who have died. I thought about my son and daughter, and I thought of other friends and family that had gone. And I thought of my dogs Dolly and Calley who meant the world to me. They had all been so real and vibrant to me, yet one day they were gone, like a vapor that vanishes away without a trace. The pain of losing them came back to haunt me again tonight, and tear at my heart one more time, and I wondered if the pain would ever end.
Vapor? Are we no more than a vapor traversing an endless sky? No. It is our bodies that are vaporous and disappears – dust to dust and ashes to ashes. But our soul shines forth from us as we seek to serve our God by serving our fellow man. The vapor is our bodies, and our souls are like the moon, that reflects the light of God. Yes, our bodies pass in front of us and then are gone, like thin clouds passing across the moon. But we will shine on, forever reflecting the love of God to all the world through His Son Jesus Christ. Let your light shine. Let the world see the real you as your God created you to be.
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