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Life is a Vapor

Today I took some time to ponder life. My own mostly as well as life in general. I think sometimes we don’t give it the thought it deserves. We take it for granted – like somehow we’ll live forever. We forget it’s not forever. Only when faced with death, do some of us remember that all life will come to an end. Like the expiration date stamped on a milk carton, we have a stamp with an expiration date. None of us know when or how, but it will come sometime, perhaps when we least expect it. Some expire way too soon, while others seemingly have a longer shelf-life. We rarely understand the whys or the ways of life; we just live and try not to think of such things. Only when tragedy strikes are we truly reminded of its frailty. Life should be lived to the fullest. It should be lived well, not squandered away on foolish things that bring no lasting fulfillment – so many wasted days and opportunities to live.

But the good news is, it’s never too late, even if you’re well up in years. Live today like tomorrow may never happen. It’s not promised. If today were to be the end, how did you live it? I want to live each day like it’s my last and enjoy the gift I’ve been given. You can find joy in anything, you just have to look for it.

Work hard for tomorrow and the things it could bring, but enjoy and love each other without wasteing another moment. Don’t fret when you don’t get it all right. Don’t give up; keep moving forward. We need more joy in the world. We need more love in the world. I think if we look for the good, believe for the best, love with everything in us, we’ll experience true fulfillment in life.

I’ve learned to shift my focus onto the right things. Life is changing and my confidence is growing – not just in the day-to-day stuff like my job or my hobbies, but in my relationships and my outlook on life. Sure, life is like a vapor – it’s here – then it’s gone… BUT we can take the limited time we have here to find the joy, passion, and happiness. We just have to shift our focus onto the right things, the good things.

Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears (into thin air).” James 4:14 AMPC

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