"You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.  My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.  We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.  And so Lord, where do I put my hope?  My only hope is in You." Psalm 39:5-7 (NLT)

"We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing." We rush to work and on our lunch hour, run as many errands as possible.  Then we hurry home to throw in a load of laundry, grab a bite to eat and we’re off to the next activity on our calendar. 

In the end, does all that dashing about really accomplish anything of eternal importance?

I’m reminded of how fragile life can be and how easily I forget that it is so.  I get glimpses and reminders of my eternal destination but they are all too quickly swallowed in the temporal of the here and now. The crazy. The busy. The hectic.

Where does this insatiable need to fill my life with activity come from?  Why do I consistently choose the transitory over the everlasting?  Why do I neglect being in the stillness of His presence?

I crave more of Him and less of this madness.  I hunger for solace and peace in the chaotic mess of my life.  Life is but a breath, a blink of the eye, a snap of the fingers and then it’s gone!  Will my life have made a difference?

Lord, remove the blinders that keep me from seeing life from Your eternal perspective.  Teach me to look beyond my circumstances - to see eternity in the every day.  Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that is willing to let you lead.  Make my one breath count!  Amen.

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