I procrastinated today.
The subject sat all day on my chest, a heavy stone, ever since I heard the news in the early hours of this morning.
A young man had been killed in an automobile accident.
I didn’t know the young man, but that didn’t stop me from immediately sympathizing with, and praying for those affected by his passing.
As is customary at the sudden, unexpected death of a young person, we tend to stop and take stock; at least for a while.
Today was no different.
Two things stood out to me.
1. I am sure that the young man had plans for today, tomorrow or later in the week. How often do we put off plans? We say things like…when the kids are finished with school; after the mortgage is paid off; when the project is turned in.
But who is to say that we will have that time? Why put off what can be done today?
2. I am reminded that life is fragile. The Bible says we are like grass, here now and blown away the next. (Ps. 103)
I am reminded further of the shells that are occupied by nomadic hermit crabs. Without an occupying presence, they are nothing but empty shells – pretty to look at, but good for nothing.
Aren’t we the same?
Without a tenant, we are nothing but empty buildings.
The good news is that like an empty vessel in biblical times, we can be put to good use if we allow ourselves to be filled by God.
Are you looking to live a purposeful life? Are you willing to be filled today?
As we are often reminded…time is short and we only get one go around.
When it’s over, it’s over. There’s no second chance, no do-over.
So begin living an intentional, spirit-filled life today.